All EU countries must recognise rights of gay spouses, ECJ rules

Romania, where gay marriage is illegal, had denied residency to man’s American husband

EU countries that have not legalised gay marriage must respect the residency rights of same-sex spouses who want to live together in their territory, the European court of justice has ruled, in a move hailed as a victory for human dignity.

The ECJ said member states must recognise the rights of all married couples to free movement, no matter their gender or sexual orientation.

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