ECHR: "Exclusion of same-sex couples from civil unions is illegal"

Greek government guilty of discriminating against same-sex couples in violation of Human Rights Convention

Thursday, November 07, 2013
ECHR: "Exclusion of same-sex couples from civil unions is illegal"

The European Court of Human Rights has found the Greek government guilty of violating the European Convention of Human Rights in relation to the exclusion of same-sex partners from civil unions. Specifically, Greece was found guilty of violating article 8 (on private and family life) and article 14 (on discrimination).

The case against the Greek government was brought by Grigoris Vallianatos, Nikolaos Mylonas and other members of the “Synthesis” NGO. The applicants argued that there was no provision in the domestic courts to examine the validity of their claims, since the current legislation causes discrimination and violation of privacy.

The case file and transcript of the court ruling is available here.