The European Court of Human Rights affirmed the right of EU member-states to prohibit the registration of homosexual “marriages”. Recently, the Strasbourg Court rejected an appeal by two gay men from Austria, after Austrian authorities refused to register their “marriage” in 2002. The plaintiffs invoked the European Convention on Human Rights; in their view, the denial contravened it. However, the Court held that the Convention does not regulate such matters, pointing out that such is in the competence of each individual state. In addition, as the verdict noted, the EU has not yet reached consensus on the legalisation of same-sex unions, according to the Catholic news agency CNA.
2 July 2010
It looks like the Strasbourg Court is treading carefully after the crucifix débâcle. Berlusconi and Napolitano put the fear of God in ‘em! GOOD! Europe is waking up from the neo-liberal nightmare. Don’t forget that it started in the USA and that it’s still strong there (whether in its secularist or “Evangelical” guises, it’s bad juju all around). Don’t forget, the worst enemies of Christ run about with cries of “JAY-ZUSS” on their lips.