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MEPs call for EU-wide recognition of same-sex relationships

European Parliament hears that same-sex couples lack protection in other countries

Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure that same-sex couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the European Union.

According to MEPs who took part in last week's debate, same-sex couples who visit or live in other EU countries may lack protection in areas such as benefits, pensions, healthcare and parental rights over non-biological children.

During the debate, Viviane Reding, European Commission's fundamental rights commissioner, vice-president Viviane Reding, said:

"If you live in a legally-recognised same-sex partnership, or marriage, in country A, you have the right – and this is a fundamental right – to take this status and that of your partner to country B. If not, it is a violation of EU law, so there is no discussion about this. . . The reality sur le terrain – in real terms – might be different, and we have to change this reality."

For more detail of the debate in the European Parliament, visit the Pink News website.