Conference on private and family life for LGBTI people

Different-sex and same-sex couples and their children are not always treated equally by law, and this can have far-reaching effects in their daily lives. What is the current situation in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe regarding legal recognition of same-sex partnerships? Do children being raised by same-sex couples benefit from equal legal relationships with both parents? What about adoption rights?

The issue of LGBTI families’ access to rights will be the focus of a high-level conference organised on 2 March in Copenhagen by the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Danish Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Speakers will include Denmark's Minister for Equal Opportunities Karen Ellemann, Ireland’s Minister for Children and Youth Katherine Zappone, and the Council of Europe’s Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni. There will be personal testimony from a ‘rainbow family’, and an expert on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights will also take part.

The conference will highlight the milestones achieved and examine the challenges still to be tackled in achieving equality in private and family life in Europe.

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The conference, which is open to the press and the public, will be held at the Folketing (Danish Parliament), Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen, from 9 am to 1 pm on Friday 2 March. All journalists with a press card have access to the Folketing.