A publication by Professor Kees Waaldijk on “Extending rights, responsibilities and status to same-sex families: Trends across Europe” was launched at a conference held in Copenhagen on 2 March 2018 on equal opportunities and rights in private and family life for LGBTI persons. The conference was co-organised by the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Danish Parliament, and the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly.
The publication, produced in collaboration with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit of the Council of Europe, interprets data from a new interactive legal database covering 21 of the 31 European Economic Area (EEA) countries. In so doing, it identifies a clear and growing trend both in the formal recognition of same-sex partnerships in the countries surveyed (in the form of marriage, registered partnership or cohabitation), as well as in the substantive rights and responsibilities available to same-sex partners (including the rights of same-sex parents). The report states that these trends have been strengthened by the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and encouraged by recommendations and studies produced by Council of Europe bodies.