Keep your nose out of it, EU! Russia slams Europe’s highest court for allowing “systematic intervention.”
RUSSIA has slammed one of Europe’s highest courts, accusing it of “meddling” in a legal decision.
A Kremlin spokeswoman added that carrying out the verdict would be a violation of Russia’s constitution. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled Wednesday that Russia must respect the private and familial lives of same-sex couples by providing a legal framework for their relationships to be recognized.
The decision came as a result of complaints from many Russian same-sex couples who had attempted but failed to register their unions.
The court, which is independent of the European Union, stated that it was up to the state to decide what form to use to register same-sex unions.
However, because homosexual marriage is banned in Russia, the court’s judgment is unlikely to be embraced by President Vladimir Putin’s administration.
“The verdict, which aims to compel Russia register same-sex weddings, defies the pillars of Russian rule of law and morality,” Vasily Piskarev, a member of the Russian State Duma who heads a parliamentary commission dedicated to probing foreign intervention, stated.
“This is evident systemic intervention in Russia’s domestic affairs,” Mr Piskarev remarked in remarks on the Telegram chat app.
According to the TASS news agency, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov argued that carrying out the court’s decision would be against Russia’s constitution.
On President Vladimir Putin’s request, Russia passed a set of constitutional revisions last year.
One of them was a statement that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
In his more than 20 years in power, Mr Putin, a former KGB officer, has forged a tight relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church.
While he is in the Kremlin, he has stated that Russia would not legalize gay marriage.
“As far as ‘parent number 1′ and ‘parent number 2′ go, I’ve previously talked publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again,” he said last year.
“This will not happen as long as I am president. There will be a father and a mother.”
Russia had “failed to justify the lack of any chance for same-sex couples to have their relationship publicly acknowledged,” according to a news release published by the ECHR yesterday explaining its decision.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” it said, “the Court ruled that Russia had an obligation to provide respect for the applicants’ private and family lives by creating a legal framework that allowed them.”