EU citizens have the right to move and live freely across the EU, but many same-sex couples and LGBT+ families don't.
16 years ago, the European Union ensured that EU citizens and their family members have the right to move and live freely.
But LGBT+ people often face difficulties because Member States don’t recognise rainbow families established in another EU country.
Especially children of same-sex parents fall victim to those legal gaps and are deprived of benefits and protections. Sometimes, they can’t get citizenship, they lose legal parents or even remain stateless. Have a look at current cases and some background.
It’s now on the EU institutions to call on the Members States to respect human rights conventions, settled case law, and to ensure LGBT+ families are respected and treated equally under the principle of freedom of movement across the EU.
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