Free movement for rainbow families!

EU citizens have the right to move and live freely across the EU, but many same-sex couples and LGBT+ families don't.

Update – 16 September 2020: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in her State of the Union address that she will push for “mutual recognition of family relations” in the EU because “If you are a parent in one country, you are a parent in every country.”

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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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To Ms. Helena Dalli, EU Commissioner for Equality, and Members of the European Parliament:

The freedom of movement is a fundamental right and needs to be guaranteed for all EU citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Especially children in LGBT+ families need to be fully protected.

We call on you to propose a new Regulation requiring recognition of civil status documents, issued in any Member State, as valid for all purposes of national law. Every family should continue to exist when crossing EU borders.

Yours sincerely,


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