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Friday, 28 September 2018 23:52

Romania's top court ruled that LGBT couples should have the same rights as straight couples

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Good news from Romania where the top court ruled that same-sex couples should have the same rights as straight couples. The country will hold a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage on October 6-7, 2018.

If the amendment is approved, it would prevent marriage equality since marriage would be defined as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution.

Nevertheless, several NGOs had launched a challenge to put an end to this referendum. And the Constitutional Court of Romania has ruled in favor of same-sex couples. The court stated that they should get the same rights to a private and family life as straight couples and should “benefit from legal and juridical recognition of their rights and obligations.”

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Teodora Ion-Rotaru of Accept, a group that defends LGBT rights, told the Associated Press that this ruling was "extremely important".

“It says same-sex couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexuals,” she said. “The court says a same-sex family is worth as much as a heterosexual family.”

For now, the referendum is still maintained. We hope that Romania's Constitutional Court's ruling will tip the balance a little more in LGBT couples' favor.

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