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Title: Family Values: The Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in International Law
Authors: Hodson, Loveday
First Published: 2004
Publisher: Intersentia
Citation: Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 2004, 22 (1), pp.33-57
Abstract: There are currently no international human rights treaties in force that explicitly provide for the recognition and protection of same-sex relationships. The ‘family’ that is safeguarded under human rights treaties has been consistently defined in a heterosexual way. The consequence of non-recognition of same-sex relationships is a considerable degree of suffering and discrimination. This article questions whether it is justifiable for the international law of human rights to deny its protection to those people in same-sex relationships. It points in particular to recent developments that have taken place in many countries towards offering these relationships legal recognition. This article concludes that, given its commitment to equality and tolerance, international human rights law’s failure to recognise same-sex relationships is increasingly untenable.
ISSN: 0924-0519
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: Copyright © 2004, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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