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Court to rule on same-sex marriage in conservative Romania

19 September 2016, 14:01

Bucharest — A same-sex couple has asked Romania's Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling. Commentators predict the court will reject their case this week.

Political scientist Cristian Parvulescu on Monday predicted that "the court will make a political rather than a judicial ruling." Journalist Dan Turturica says it would be "revolutionary" for the court to recognize the union.

Also read: Australian parliament gets bill to set up gay marriage vote

U.S. graphic designer Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian rights activist Adrian Coman are seeking to be recognized as married — a position opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church and most of the public. A ruling is expected Tuesday.

The couple's lawyer Iustina Ionescu said she hoped the court would "put an end to homophobic sentiments and apply the constitution equally."

- AP


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