A Bulgarian court has ruled in favor of two lesbians who want to live there as a married couple.
The Sofia City Administrative Court ruled in favor of the Australian-French couple who married in France in 2016.
Cristina Palma is from Australia and her wife Mariama Diallo is a French citizen. They were denied a family mobility visa in 2017. The Ministry of Interior’s Migration Directorate denied Cristina a visa even though her spouse was an European Union citizen.
The Ministry argued it could not grant Cristina the visa because the Bulgarian Constitution does not allow same-sex marriage. So the couple took the Ministry to court and court ruled in their favor.
Bulgaria is an EU country. The EU has ruled that any EU citizen is entitled to family mobility within the EU countries. That rule applies even if their spouse is not a citizen of the European Union, which was Cristina’s case.
The Sofia Court said in its ruling it must fall in line with the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on a similar case in Romania. The ECJ ruled that EU countries may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant their same-sex partner, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State.
Good news for the LGBT movement fighting for legal recognition in Bulgaria.
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