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June 5, 2018 – Top European Union Court Rules EU Countries Must Recognize Foreign Gay Marriages

“The EU’s [European Union’s] top court, in a landmark ruling for gay rights in Europe, said on Tuesday [June 5, 2018] that Romania must grant residence to the American husband of a local man even though Romania does not itself permit same-sex marriage.

In a case which has highlighted social differences between western Europe and a more conservative, ex-communist east, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Romania must accept the validity of the mens’ 2010 Belgian marriage and treat American Clay Hamilton as Adrian Coman’s spouse under EU law…

‘Although the member states have the freedom whether or not to authorize marriage between persons of the same sex,’ the judges said, ‘They may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU member state, a derived right of residence in their territory.'”