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Human Rights Court Says Europe Cannot Be Forced to Redefine Marriage

 

Amid their constant claims of victory and incessant harping on about the inevitability of same-sex "marriage," supporters of redefining marriage received a major setback recently.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Wednesday that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

As reported by the National Catholic Register:

In a July 16 ruling, the human rights court explained that while “some Contracting States have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the Contracting States to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples."

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the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights found that Finland’s refusal to recognize same-sex unions does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

While the convention establishes the ability “to marry and have a family” as a right, the court stated that the document cannot be interpreted as requiring marriage to be defined in a way that includes same-sex couples.

The European Convention on Human Rights, the court explained, “enshrines the traditional concept of marriage as being between a man and a woman.”

The court also noted that applicants cannot claim “that there exists any European consensus on allowing same-sex marriages,” given that only 10 member states of the European Union recognize such unions, and the majority of countries recognize marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The push to redefine marriage is hardly making international progress.  The true definition of marriage enjoys broad support in many different countries.

Macedonia's parliament is considering a proposed constitutional amendment to protect marriage from being redefined.  Last year, the citizens of Croatia voted to preserve marriage.  Just earlier this week, the prime minister of the island nation of Dominica asserted that his country "will not accept" the redefinition of marriage.  The push for "gender-neutral" marriage in Finland has been halted.  And one million people flooded the streets of Paris in support of marriage.

This important victory in Europe demonstrates that although the battle to protect marriage is far from over, it certainly is not a hopeless cause, especially around the globe!