The right to respect for private and family life is a fundamental
right, enshrined in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human
Rights. This right is of equal importance in everyone’s lives, yet
progress towards achieving equality in this field regardless of
sexual orientation is uneven. This poses real and serious problems in
ordinary people’s everyday lives. Discrimination unfortunately remains
a reality for many rainbow families.
Since the Parliamentary Assembly last examined this issue
in 2010, there have been significant developments in European case
law, and important advances towards greater equality for rainbow
families have been achieved in member States. These developments
show that more efforts are however still required from member States
in order to achieve equality in the field of private and family
life regardless of sexual orientation.
In order to fulfil their responsibility to protect and promote
the human rights of all those within their jurisdiction and to eliminate
discrimination on all grounds, including sexual orientation, member
States should avoid perpetuating discriminatory treatment and should
promote activities aimed at eliminating the prejudice in society
that enables such discrimination to persist.