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EU free movement law and the children of rainbow families: children of a lesser God?

Tryfonidou, A. (2019) EU free movement law and the children of rainbow families: children of a lesser God? Yearbook of European Law, 38. pp. 220-266. ISSN 2045-0044

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EU citizens and - through them - certain of their family members, derive from EU law the right to move between EU Member States and reside in the Member State of their choice. However, when rainbow families (i.e. families comprised of a same-sex couple and their child(ren)) exercise this right and move to a Member State which does not provide legal recognition to same-sex couples and/or their families, they are faced with the possibility that that Member State will refuse to legally recognise the familial ties among all or some members of the family, as these have been legally established elsewhere. The question that emerges, therefore, is whether the severance in the host Member State of the legal ties among the members of rainbow families, amounts to a breach of EU law. This article will focus on the parent-child relationship and will examine the above question by taking a child-centred approach: does the refusal of the host Member State to legally recognise the relationship between a child and one or both of his same-sex parents when the family moves to its territory, amount to a breach of any of the rights that the child enjoys under EU law?

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:82826
Publisher:Oxford University Press


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