The Romanian High Court [official website] is expected to rules Tuesday on whether to recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple. US citizen Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian activist Adrian Coman were married in Belgium and have sued to have their union recognized in Romania [case backgrounder ]. The couple is represented by Iustina Ionescu, long time board-member of the civil-rights organization ACCEPT.
International courts and lay-people have continued to hesitate to recognize and accept same-sex marriages. Earlier this month tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico to protest a same-sex marriage recognition proposal [JURIST report]. Last month the Belize Supreme Court struck down [JURIST report] a law banning sodomy, declaring it unconstitutional and adversely impactful to the LGBT community. Last December voters in Slovenia rejected a law [JURIST report] that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. In November the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled [JURIST report] that same-sex couples can legally adopt children. The UN has become increasingly focused on the rights of LGBT individuals. Last September 12 UN agencies released a joint statement [JURIST report] arguing that abuses toward the LGBT population are human rights abuses impacting society as a whole. In June 2015 the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported [JURIST report] that members of the LGBT community continue to face discrimination and human rights abuses.