A senior adviser to the European Union's top court has backed a Romanian gay man's right to have his US husband live with him in Romania. EU countries should recognise the right of all spouses to residency even if they do not allow gay marriage, according to the advocate general for the European Court of Justice.
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Romania. Adrian Coman and Clai Hamilton, an American, married in Brussels in 2010.
What is the case about?
EU law permits a non-EU spouse of an EU citizen to join his or her spouse in the member state where the European national resides.
But the Romanian authorities refused a request for a residence permit for Mr Hamilton, saying he could not be recognised as the spouse of an EU citizen because Romanian legislation prohibits marriages between same-sex couples.
The couple challenged the decision, saying it was discriminatory on the grounds of sexual orientation. Romania's constitutional court then referred the case to the European court (ECJ). Read more via BBC