Definition of marriage has now ‘evolved’ to include same-sex couples, EU court says

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Jon Stone writes at the Independent:

The rights of same-sex spouses have to be recognised by every member of the European Union, even if a nation’s government does not permit gay marriage, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has been advised.

The ECJ’s advocate general, Melchior Wathelet, said in an official legal opinion there had been “evolution” in the societies of EU countries, and the idea that “the term marriage means a union between two persons of the opposite sex can no longer be followed”.

If the advocate general’s recommendation is followed by the ECJ, European Union citizens will be allowed to bring in their same-sex spouses from non-EU countries to live with them in any member states under free movement rules – a right some countries only recognise for opposite-sex marriages.

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