Same-Sex Spouses in the EU after Coman: More Free Movement, But What about Marriage?
EUI Working Paper (Florence) No. 2019/3
27 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 9, 2019
This paper provides a detailed critical analysis of the case of Coman, where the Court of Justice clarified that the meaning of the term ‘spouse’ in Directive 2004/38 was gender-neutral, opening up the door for same-sex marriage recognition for immigration purposes all around the EU, thus destroying the heteronormative misinterpretations of the clear language of the Directive practiced in a handful of Member States. The state of EU law after Coman is still far from perfect, however: we underline a line of important questions which remain open and which the Court will need to turn to in the near future to ensure that marriage equality in moves beyond mere proclamations in the whole territory of the Union.
Keywords: Coman, marriage equality, non-discrimination, same-sex marriage, EU law
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