The Evolution of the ECtHR's Approach to Same-Sex Relationships
21 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2015 Last revised: 13 Apr 2015
Date Written: December 15, 2014
The issue of same-sex partnerships and marriage is one of the most disputable (and hence debated) and emotionally charged ones in the area of human rights protection, superseded perhaps only by the right to life/abortion and euthanasia debate. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has been deciding on cases dealing with this issue for over thirty years. It is assumed that the evolution of public, social and political opinions towards same-sex partnerships in the respective European countries is mirrored by the evolution in the decisions of the ECtHR. Moreover, the main research aim of the current paper is to answer the following question: how does the evolution in the decisions of the ECtHR on the issue of same-sex partnership relate to the evolution of the of public, social and political opinions in the respective European countries?
Keywords: ECHR, ECtHR, human rights, same sex relationship, same sex marriage
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