EU court decision undermines national sovereignty on both marriage and immigration policy

EU court decision undermines national sovereignty on both marriage and immigration policy

[Ed. – It’s a two-fer.  This won’t have the effect of strengthening Eastern European attachment to the EU, certainly.]

The European Court of Justice has ruled that all member states must overlook their same-sex marriage laws by recognizing gay couples married in other territories.

According to last week’s case, six former Soviet-bloc countries, which do not recognize same-sex marriage, will now be forced to attribute marriage status to same-sex immigrant couples, if at least one of the partners is an EU citizen.

While the six European Union nations are free not to legalize same-sex marriages or civil unions, the court ruled, they may not “obstruct the freedom of residence of an E.U. citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an E.U. member state, a derived right of residence in their territory.” …

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[T]he six eastern states which decided for themselves not to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples now find their rule of law voided by the European court regarding spousal immigration status.

This recent ECJ ruling significantly reduces the member states’ powers to regulate immigration in their countries.

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