Romanian high court will rule on same-sex marriage

FILE- In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 file photo, men cover their faces with rainbow flags during a gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's Constitutional Court has ruled that a request from an anti-gay group to change the constitution to state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman is constitutional. The court's ruling Wednesday, July 20, 2016 paves the way for Romania's Parliament to vote to change the constitution, last revised in 2003, which now says marriage is between "partners" without specifying gender.

FILE- In this Saturday, June 25, 2016 file photo, men cover their faces with rainbow flags during a gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's Constitutional Court has ruled that a request from an anti-gay group to change the constitution to state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman is constitutional. The court's ruling Wednesday, July 20, 2016 paves the way for Romania's Parliament to vote to change the constitution, last revised in 2003, which now says marriage is between "partners" without specifying gender. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A same-sex couple has asked Romania’s Constitutional Court to legally recognize them as married, which would be a landmark and surprising ruling. Commentators predict the court will reject their case this week.

Political scientist Cristian Parvulescu on Monday predicted that “the court will make a political rather than a judicial ruling.” Journalist Dan Turturica says it would be “revolutionary” for the court to recognize the union.

U.S. graphic designer Claibourn Robert Hamilton and Romanian rights activist Adrian Coman are seeking to be recognized as married — a position opposed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church and most of the public. A ruling is expected Tuesday.

The couple’s lawyer Iustina Ionescu said she hoped the court would “put an end to homophobic sentiments and apply the constitution equally.”

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