European Parliament votes for unilateral divorce rights for all couples
The European Parliament has voted to say all couples in registered partnerships should have the same legal rights as their married counterparts (regardless of gender) if their relationship should come to an end.
The resolution which passed on Tuesday says couples in registered relationships have the same legal options as those that apply to married couples, even if the couple move to another country.
The resolution comes off the back of a proposed law before the European Commission which aims to simplify how a couple could split assets, due to death or divorce. The law would allow married couples to choose which national law best suited them if they moved to another European country.
The previous law would greatly disadvantage many same-sex couples who did not have the advantage of being married.
The new law, if approved by the European Commission will mean couples regardless of their gender would have the same rights.
Alexandra Thein, a German MEP with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and member of the LGBT Intergroup, spoke about the importance of continuing reform to Gay Star News.
“This sends a very important signal - married couples and registered partners, regardless of their gender, must be able to enjoy the same freedom of movement across the European Union,” Thein said.