ECHR: Unmarried Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples Entitled to Equal Treatment

A Grand Chamber (17 judges) of the European Court of Human Rights (based in Strasbourg) ruled on February 19 that Austria violated the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by maintaining a statutory scheme under which “second-parent” adoptions are available for unmarried different-sex couples but not for same-sex couples (who do not have the right to marry in Austria).  By a vote of 10-7, the court found that the applicants … <Read More>