EU citizens have the right to move and live freely across the EU, but many same-sex couples and LGBT+ families don't.
Update – 16 September 2020: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in her State of the Union address that she will push for “mutual recognition of family relations” in the EU because “If you are a parent in one country, you are a parent in every country.”
16 years ago, the European Union ensured that EU citizens and their family members have the right to move and live freely.
But LGBT+ people often face difficulties because Member States don’t recognise rainbow families established in another EU country.
Especially children of same-sex parents fall victim to those legal gaps and are deprived of benefits and protections. Sometimes, they can’t get citizenship, they lose legal parents or even remain stateless. Have a look at current cases and some background.
It’s now on the EU institutions to call on the Members States to respect human rights conventions, settled case law, and to ensure LGBT+ families are respected and treated equally under the principle of freedom of movement across the EU.
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