On August, Russian court said a registry office’s refusal to register a gay couple as married was unlawful, but at the same time the court declined to order the registration to be made.
On August 2013, two gay-rights activists Dmitry Chunosov and Yaroslav Yevtushenko asked the court in central Russia’s Lipetsk Region to overturn as illegal a refusal by the St. Petersburg office to register them as married.
The office had denied the registration on grounds that, according to Russia’s Family Code, marriage is a conjugal union between a man and a woman. In their turn, the activists stressed that the Family Code does not mention same-sex couples and brought an action to the local court.
The court on Friday ruled that the office should have accepted the marriage application regardless of whether there were any impediments to registration.
A similar complaint was lodged on Thursday by another same-sex couple in Moscow. On June 28, Yana Petrova and Yelena Davydova applied at the same St. Petersburg registry office but were denied on the same grounds.
Author: Julia Alieva