Nils Muižnieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, called CE member states “to discuss the dissemination of registered unions on homogeneous couples”.
The Commissioner for Human Rights notes, that currently 47 countries of the world are legally accepting the unions of same-sex couples in one way or another.
“Most of them, 27 ones, are members of the Council of Europe. Same-sex marriages were first time in the world registered in Dania in 1989, and in 2001, homosexual couples were allowed to fully register marriages for the first time “, – told Muižnieks.
“Most of the disagreements seem to be focused on the notion of “marriage”, however the arguments against the recognition of same-sex marriages often reveal deep-rooted homophobia and discrimination against gays and lesbians”.
“Many member states of the Council of Europe still have no legal opportunity for such couples to register their relationships, which has significant negative consequences for these people and their relatives”, – writes Muižnieks.
20 states of the Council of Europe, which still do not provide any legal recognition for homosexual couples, according to Muižnieks, should at least adopt the laws on the introduction of the “registered unions” institute.
We should note that Armenia is a full member of the European Council from 2001 and is one of the member states of the organization that have neither legitimized homosexual marriages, nor unions.