EU Member States are NOT obliged to introduce or recognize Sodo-“marriage”, EU Court confirms

91645ac327In the judgement it delivered today in the case of  David L. Parris v. Trinity College Dublin, the CJEU has (once more) confirmed that:

The Member States are … free to provide or not provide for marriage for persons of the same sex, or an alternative form of legal recognition of their relationship, and, if they do so provide, to lay down the date from which such a marriage or alternative form is to have effect.

As a matter of consequence, it found that the fact that Dublin’s Trinity College does not provide for a widower’s pension for the surviving part of a same-sex couple living in a registered “civil partnership” concluded in the UK is not a “discrimination” on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or age.

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