MEPs in a resolution adopted on September 14 called for ensuring equal observance of rights for homosexual couples throughout the EU, especially when it comes to freedom of movement associated with the recognition of a person as a family member.
The text of the resolution was supported by 387 votes in favor. 161 voted against, 123 more abstained.
“Same-sex marriages or partnerships registered in a particular member country should be recognized in the same way in all others, and cohabitants or partners of the same sex should be treated in the same way as heterosexual couples,” the MPs urged.
The European Commission is asked to ensure that all countries respect the “continuity of the law” in relation to LGBT families who enter their territory from another EU country, at least in cases falling under the European Convention on Human Rights, and is urged to introduce a draft law that would require from all EU members to recognize those parents who are indicated in the child’s birth certificate as legal parents, regardless of the specifics of national legislation.
The parliamentarians separately stressed that EU legislation is superior to any national legislation if their provisions are in conflict, so member states cannot invoke a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the like.
The MPs separately point out the problems of the LGBT community in Romania, Poland, and Hungary, and call on the EU to resort to additional measures regarding the latter (procedures for violations, going to court, and financial sanctions for the use of EU funds).
According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament in March 2021, six EU countries did not recognize the existence of a relationship in the case of same-sex couples as a basis for granting a residence permit, and in 11 countries the legal parents of a child cannot be two men or two women.