Ahead of the referendum taking place next weekend, the top court of Romania ruled in favor of equality for LGBTI couples.
The Constitutional Court determined same-sex couples should have the same rights, both in private and to a family, as any heterosexual couple. They further said same-sex couples should ‘benefit from…. legal and juridical recognition of their rights and obligations’.
From 6-7 October, the country will partake in a referendum seeking to limit the constitutional definition of a family to hetersexual, married couples.
Currently, the country’s Constitution only defines marriage between spouses. A positive vote on this referendum would block the path to marriage equality.
This new ruling, however, is ‘extremely important’, say some activists.
Teodora Ion-Rotaru, from the gay rights group Accept, said: ‘It says same-sex couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexuals.’
Earlier this year, the European Court of Justice made a ruling in a case about a Romanian-American marriage. They wanted their marriage legally recognized in Romania.
They ultimately ruled member countries ‘may not obstruct the freedom of residence’ and refuse to grant residence for a same-sex spouse.