Greece had enacted a law in that established civil unions for opposite-sex couples only. Italy thus breached the Convention; it eventually implemented civil unions in Everyone was very open-minded about it: It's because there's already an institution which allows us to have these things. Romania decriminalised homosexuality in , decades after neighbouring countries. It is clear, Kennedy continued, that in at least some scenarios sincerely held religious beliefs can trump such laws — for example, a member of the clergy who objects to same-sex marriage cannot be required to perform such marriages. In Vallianatos and Others v Greece 7 November ,  the Court held that exclusion of same-sex couples from registering a civil union, a legal form of partnership available to opposite-sex couples, violates the Convention. The vote needs a turnout rate of 30 per cent, or more than 5 million people, to be valid.
This post was updated at 2: The conservative eastern European state already does not allow marriage or civil partnerships for same sex couples, nor does it recognise those performed abroad. The way gay people love each other will not be changed by whether or not the House of Lords passes the bill. It's to do with the law. In Schalk and Kopf v Austria 24 June , the European Court of Human Rights decided that the European Convention on Human Rights does not oblige member states to legislate for or legally recognise same-sex marriages. Some campaign posters and adverts urged people to vote "Yes" to defend family values or run the risk of gay couples stealing or adopting their children. It's because there's already an institution which allows us to have these things. European Union[ edit ] Some debate occurred within the European Union about how to require member states to recognise same-sex marriages conducted in other member states, as well as any European citizens' civil unions or registered partnerships, so as to ensure the right of freedom of movement for citizens' family members. Like many gay people, I had been so disenfranchised by the whole process that it no longer seemed worth the effort. Romanian authorities refused to recognise their marriage and the case progressed to the European Court of Justice. Same-sex parents and carers and their children are likely to benefit in numerous ways from legal recognition of their families, and providing such recognition through marriage will bestow greater benefit than civil unions or domestic partnerships. But their legal standing as humans will change. Having been gay all my life, I just wasn't expecting him to be male. Amy Howe, Opinion analysis: Dozens of human rights groups, which are encouraging people to boycott the ballot, have warned approval would embolden further attempts to chip away at the rights of minority groups and push the European Union state onto a populist, authoritarian track. Despite that obstacle, we're ridiculously happy together. Now, I see the point, because my partner and I want, eventually, to get married. There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. Italy thus breached the Convention; it eventually implemented civil unions in The lead researcher of the study observed that "laws that have the greatest impact on gay adults may make gay kids feel more hopeful for the future". My partner is all of those things. Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosexual or homosexual, can be excellent parents. Everyone was very open-minded about it: The vote needs a turnout rate of 30 per cent, or more than 5 million people, to be valid. For me, it took being thrown clean out of my perspective to remember why I wanted it in the first place. Some rather smarter people got there without it.
Video about neutral opinions on same sex marriage:
Kids on the campaign trail For and Against same-sex marriage - The Feed
SyntaxTextGen not activated