LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER RIGHTS BEFORE THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE
In early April 2008 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a landmark decision concerning same-sex partnerships. The judgment is the first one addressing the issue of sexual discrimination as laid out in the Framework Directive 2000/78 and is already hailed by some as a major breakthrough towards a more fair society. Others might rather view it with suspicion as part of an EU-driven domino effect which is going to pull down the concept of the traditional family in Europe. Given this background it seems timely to have a closer look at the case law of the Court in order to gain a broader view on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights have been framed thus far by the ECJ, and what this means for the regulation and reinterpretation of the family within Europe.
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