EU Court confirms: Defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman is not discriminatory

JUDGMENT OF THE COURT (First Chamber), 24 November 2016

Case C‑443/15,

David L. Parris v. Trinity College Dublin, et al.


§§ 58-59:

"…marital status and the benefits flowing therefrom are matters which fall within the competence of the Member States and that EU law does not detract from that competence.


The Member States are thus free to provide or not provide for marriage for persons of the same sex, or an alternative form of legal recognition of their relationship, and, if they do so provide, to lay down the date from which such a marriage or alternative form is to have effect."

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