European Court of Human Rights: Same-Sex Marriage Not a Right



The European Court of Human Rights has ruled [...] homosexual “marriage” is not a right under the European Convention on Human Rights.

...The decision effectively confirms the liceity under the same Convention of French law, which does not award the status of “marriage” to homosexual couples, and does not permit non-married couples to adopt children.

... The Court also ruled that that there is no “indirect discrimination founded (...) on the impossibility of marriage,” because article 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights “does not impose on the governments of the state parties the obligation to open marriage to a homosexual couple,” adding that governments “enjoy a certain leeway in determining the exact nature” of legal recognitions of homosexual unions.

The ruling was announced yesterday in a suit by a French lesbian couple, Valérie Gas and Nathalie Dubois, who have been in a Pact of Civil Solidarity (PACS) since 2002.  A PACS is a loose contractual arrangement made available to both heterosexual and homosexual couples in France, in contrast with stronger “civil union” arrangements and homosexual “marriages” available in some other countries.


  1. Dan
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Who cares what an European court says? What matters is that the US Supreme Court has many times ruled that marriage is a basic civil right.

  2. Dan
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Human Rights Council take note.

  3. M. Jones
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    "Extremists have been using the language of rights in an attempt to add moral force to what are nothing more than personal desires." This confirms what we have known all along. Same sex friendships are just not marriages and never will be.

  4. Louis E.
    Posted March 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Dan,that any relationship that does not meet the basic purpose of marriage by uniting male to female be treated as of no lesser worth than a marriage is not a right,basic,civil,or otherwise.Not in their nightmares would the judges of Loving vs. Virginia have thought a same-sex relationship would be construed as meeting the right they declared,and when someone dared make that idiotic claim in Baker vs. Nelson,the SCOTUS shot it down without bothering to hear arguments.

  5. Posted March 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    @Dan Everyone has the right to be married, but nobody has the right to redefine marriage.

  6. John Noe
    Posted March 22, 2012 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    Great ruling as sadly the European Union was trying to bully the country of Hungary by trying to force that nation to accept its perversion.
    Hungary bravely as a nation had made marriage the union of one man and one woman but is getting pressed by the leftists secular elites to cave in to the perversion of marriage.

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