European Parliament wants guaranteed free movement for LGBT people

Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution on justice, freedom and security in Europe. The resolution contains strong wording on the free movement of all families.

In its report on the mid-term review of the Stockholm Programme, the European Parliament criticised the European Commission for its failure to fulfil a previous pledge that it’d facilitate free movement for all families.

The Commission has pledged it would propose an EU law to facilitate the mutual recognition of the effects of civil status documents.

Civil status documents (like birth or death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) aren’t automatically recognised from one Member State to the next. As a result, citizens may find it impossible to justify their civil status.

This matters for same-sex couples or transgender persons, whose marriage certificates or ID documents aren’t necessarily recognised by other Member States, despite their validity and legality.

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