The European Union’s top court has ruled in favour of a Romanian gay man’s right to have his US husband live with him in Romania.
The country, which does not recognise same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses.
But the European Court of Justice said the term “spouse” was gender neutral.
Adrian Coman and his American partner Clai Hamilton were married in Brussels in 2010.
Following the judgment on Tuesday, Mr Coman said: “We can now look in the eyes of any public official in Romania and across the EU with certainty that our relationship is equally valuable and equally relevant.
“We are grateful to the EU Court and to the many people and institutions who have supported us, and through us, other same-sex couples in a similar situation,” he said, adding: “It is human dignity that wins today.”
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