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Gay lawsuit would force all EU countries to recognize same-sex ‘marriage’

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 5, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Justice will decide if the "marriage" of two homosexuals will be recognized throughout all EU member states, regardless of nations that still maintain that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.

The case before the court hinges on the definition of the word “spouse.”

Homosexuals Adrian Coman and Clai Hamilton were “wed” in Belgium in 2010 and now live in the United States. But now Coman wants his home country of Romania to recognize his same-sex “marriage” so that he and his partner can immigrate there and receive the social benefits of a normal married couple. 

But the Romanian Constitutional Court, instead of solving the matter itself, voted by a majority of seven to two to refer the matter for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice. 

Normally interpreted to mean husband and wife, activists hope that judges in the EU’s Court of Justice (EUCJ) will broadly interpret the word "spouse" to include homosexual couples, using the justification of “freedom of movement.”

“A positive decision would mean Clai can live in Romania with me,” Coman says.  He equates Romania’s law defining marriage as between one man and one woman with “discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”

Gay Star News wrote that the “impact of the decision would change the right to same-sex spouses in six countries.”  

The traditionally Christian sovereign nations that could be affected are Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

If the homosexual activists win the case, it would bring into conflict the EU’s rule respecting sovereign nations’ opposing laws with the EU’s “freedom of movement” rule, which provides for EU international continuity.

“Freedom of movement must be a right all European citizens receive equally,” pro-homosexual ACCEPT Romania lawyer Iustina Ionescu argued before the EUCJ’s “Grand Chamber.” The Grand Chamber considered the case having enough merit to pass to the next level of a full hearing in the EU’s Court of Justice.  

If the EUCJ rules in the homosexual couple’s favor, the case goes back to the Romanian Constitutional Court (RCC).  If the RCC agrees with the ruling, the Romanian government still has the right to appeal the decision.

At the heart of the suit are gay activists attempting to compel sovereign nations to capitulate to the homosexual agenda through the force of law rather than through the democratic process. The bully tactic of imposing same-sex “marriage” despite opposition from much of the country has proved successful in nations such as Canada, United States, France, Malta, Colombia, Greenland, and many others.

 

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