Lesbian couple puts Romania’s same-sex marriage ban to the test ThePipaNews

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A lesbian couple has managed to marry in Romania – despite not being allowed – and will now put the country’s discriminatory marriage laws to the test.

Romania does not legally recognize same-sex partnerships, and although the country’s constitution simply describes marriage as “between spouses”, its civil code expressly prohibits marriage equality.

But Georgiana and Evie, a lesbian couple who tied the knot in July 2022, told VICE News they managed to circumvent the ban because Evie is a trans woman, and has yet to update her legal gender marker.

The couple met in October 2021, but Georgiana explained that the quick trip down the aisle wasn’t just a lesbian stereotype.

“We decided to rush the marriage because Evie will change her gender on her ID. After that we won’t be able to do it anymore.”

The couple married in Bucharest City Hall and Evie said she arrived expecting opposition to the wedding. She and Georgiana had come armed with copies of the relevant anti-discrimination legislation to ensure the wedding went off.

This did not stop an official from telling the couple that they could not marry unless Evie agreed to “go home and dress nice like a man”, nor did it stop the official from describing civil marriage as “between a male and female” despite this line does not appear in the statutory vows.

Despite incidents like these, Evie and Georgiana managed to tie the knot.

Their relationship will now put Romania’s anti-LGBTQ+ law to the test – the couple are married, but when Evie changes her gender marker, they will, by law, be a same-sex married couple.

The couple, and the wider LGBTQ+ community, continue to wait for some kind of official response to the marriage.

But if Romania’s recent history is anything to go by, the future does not look promising.

The country’s parliament is currently considering a bill that would ban the use of materials in schools that “promote” being LGBTQ+.

The bill, which is similar to so-called ‘LGBTQ+ propaganda’ bills in Russia and Hungary, passed the country’s Senate despite warnings from human rights groups that it would “demonize and marginalize the LGBTQ community” and “fuel Russian propaganda and Moscow’s disinformation campaigns”.

In June, 44 members of the European Parliament’s LGBTI intergroup signed a letter to Romanian officials criticizing the “shameful” bill and calling on the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house, to prevent it from becoming law.

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