Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL), Austria’s civil rights organisation for homo-, bisexual and transgender people, celebrates the fifth victory of its registered-partnership-litigation-offensive. As the first supreme court in the world doing so the Austrian Constitutional Court (the world´s oldest constitutional court) turned down the statutory ban on donor insemination for lesbian couples as violating human rights.
In a judgment delivered today the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that – as long as civil marriage is not available for same-gender couples – the refusal of benefits granted to married couples is direct discrimination, no matter if registered partnership is also open for opposite-gender couples (Hay v. Credit agricole mutuel).
On 7 November 2013, the ECtHR has found that Austria discriminated against four gay men, represented by ECSOL-Co-Coordinator Helmut Graupner, when it refused to delete from their criminal record convictions under its discriminatory age of consent law (E.B. et al v Austria, appl. 31913/07 and others).
In a judgment delivered today the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Greece had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by excluding same-sex couples from registered partnership, restricted in Greece to heterosexual couples (Vallianatos et al v Greece, appl. 29381/09, 32684/09).