On 20 July, the Constitutional Court of Romania was expected to release two landmark decisions concerning LGBTI rights in the country. In a civil case filed by a Romanian-American same-sex couple, married in Belgium, the Court had to decide on the legal recognition of same-sex marriages performed withing the EU, but outside of Romania. The Court held a hearing and postponed a decision until September. The second major case to be settled by the Court concerns the citizens’ initiative to change the Constitution and ban gay marriage. Over 3 million signatures were raised during the past six months, mostly with help from the all-powerful Orthodox Church.
July 22 / Gay Star News