Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage request will be considered

Latvia's Supreme Court on Friday overturned an administrative court decision to refuse an application to register a same-sex marriage, reported LSM via LETA.

Supreme Court press spokeswoman Baiba Kataja said that the court agrees with the administrative court decision that current regulations do not allow registering same-sex marriages in Latvia.

The matter however should have been considered in a context not of marriage, but of registering familial partnership, and it should be established whether the refusal does not contravene the Latvian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

That means, continues the Supreme Court, that it's impossible to conclude whether the applicants' rights weren't violated unless their claim is accepted and reviewed in a proper manner.

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