Harmonisation of choice of law rules on same-sex marriage

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Across the EU, the validity of a same-sex marriage has the potential to change whenever a state border is crossed. Building on previous suggestions for Europeanisation of essential validity, this chapter will analyse the cases of Obergefell v Hodges, and Coman and Others v Inspectoratul General Pentru Imigrari and Others. It demonstrates that harmonisation of the applicable law when assessing a multistate same-sex marriage is possible. Obergefell will highlight that a unified approach is the only way to achieve certainty, and that such an approach is achievable, despite the dissonant views of the Member States. Analysis of Coman will provide a harmonised framework for the adduced proposition, requiring all Member States to recognise same-sex marriages for the purpose of free movement laws.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSame-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change
EditorsFrances Hamilton, Guido Noto La Diega
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429021589
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2020


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