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EU court: Same-sex couples in civil partnerships must receive equal benefits

Thursday, December 12, 2013

European-Court-of-JusticeBRUSSELS — The European Union’s highest court has ruled that in EU countries where gay couples can’t marry, they must receive the same benefits as married people if they enter into civil partnerships.

The EU Court of Justice ruled Thursday in the case of Frederic Hay, a French bank worker who was denied the extra leave and bonuses given to married employees after he entered into a civil pact with his male partner.

At the time, French law restricted marriage to people of different sexes.

The European Court called Hay’s situation “direct discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

French law and the bank’s collective bargaining agreement have changed since. But a court spokesman said Thursday’s ruling now sets an EU-wide standard.

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  1. Good move!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:24pm
  2. Sweet :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:25pm
  3. Huge step forward!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:26pm
  4. Not surprising at all, especially given the ECtHR’s latest decision in the Greece case. (ECJ looks to the Court of Human Right in determining what Charter rights mean).

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:31pm
  5. BRAVO European Union

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:32pm
  6. Yes they must…thank you EU!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:38pm
  7. The Perfect answer to Putins back stepping – and the legal discrimination imposed by India and Australia. Just wonderful news just wonderful.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3:39pm
  8. Another positive step forward in the fight for equality for all.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:10pm
  9. equality needs to be with all the people of the world

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:23pm
  10. same rights same rights

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:55pm
  11. Hope that the EU will put more emphasis that same sex couples must receive equal benefits anywhere in the EU countries!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:18pm
  12. Great news!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:35pm
  13. Wow!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:08pm
  14. we all deserve equality no matter what.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:36pm
  15. Vou soltar a voz
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    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:25pm
  16. I’m sure Putin will love that. I wonder if the majority of his fellow country men recognise how much of dick he looks?

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:19am
  17. Definitely a step in the right direction!

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 4:30am
  18. While earning my M.A. in Clinical Psych…never having had a pedophilic thought in my life, I told the Christian Wrong they were ignorant to conflate homosexuality with pedophilia. You know what I got? A priest holding a candle by his crotch and a little boy blowing it out and another priest making blowing sounds. And then in their mind it is my fault for “perceiving” the truth of what those geniuses were up too. And then I get followed around. Yeah, stalked by the religious. Merry F-ing Christmas. Can someone please get me safely away from religious zealots before I become a zealot myself. Oh, to late I guess.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 7:14am