Know that there is no recognition of LGBT couples in Romania. This country doesn't allow marriage equality and is one of the few states of the European Union that don't offer civil unions to same-sex couples. Nor does it recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad.
And yet the Supreme Court of Romania has decided that a same-sex couple will be able to be recognized for the first time!
A Romanian guy, Adrian Coman, married an American guy, Robert Claibourn Hamilton. The latter was denied the right to live in Romania because their marriage wasn't recognized.
It wasn't easy for the couple. After marrying in Belgium, they filed their case in the European Constitutional Court in 2017, which referred the case to the European Court of Justice. In June, this one asked all countries of the European Union that have not legalized equal marriage to open rights of residence to same-sex couples as they do for straight couples.
Now it's great and historic to see the Supreme Court of Romania ruling in favor of this same-sex couple.
“We consider the court’s decision an important signal for the political class, which must look at the LGBT community carefully and approve a law that legalizes civil partnerships soon, to recognize gay couples, both from Romania and abroad,” LGBT rights group MozaiQ said.
Unfortunately, I have to say that in 2016, the Coalition for the Family gathered enough signatures to hold a referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage. They want this one to define it as a union between a man and a woman.
They hope the referendum will take place in 2018. For now, no date has been set.
The outcome of this referendum could prevent the legalization of marriage equality in Romania. It seems that this would leave the door open to civil unions but hey, who cares about civil unions?