Jour Fixe 101 | Sipos: Alexandra: Recognizing same-sex couples but how? Comparing the role of the Hungarian and the Italian Constitutional Court

   2022. június 30.

A Társadalomtudományi Kutatóközpont (MTA Kiváló Kutatóhely)

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Sipos Alexandra: Recognizing same-sex couples but how? Comparing the role of the Hungarian and the Italian Constitutional Court


Előadó: Sipos Alexandra (TK SZI)

Hozzászóló: Kovács Kriszta (WZB Berlin Social Science Center, ELTE Budapest)

Időpont: 2022. június 30.  csütörtök 13:00 

Helyszín: Az eseményt hibrid formában tartjuk meg.

Személyesen: Szociológiai Intézet 1097 Budapest Tóth Kálmán utca 4.;  B.1.15 tárgyaló

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Angol nyelvű absztrakt:

How do states recognize same-sex couples and their right to respect for private and family life? Different approaches exist in Europe aiming at accommodating the need for recognition and protection of same-sex couples. Hungary and Italy both provide the highest form of recognition to same-sex couples in an institution which is similar to marriage (registered partnership; civil union). But why not marriage? The paper’s main aim is to analyse and compare the role of the Constitutional Court of Hungary (Alkotmánybíróság) and that of Italy (Corte Costituzionale) in the recognition of same-sex couples. In order to capture the above-mentioned role of the Constitutional Courts, a list of relevant decisions is compiled for each country. Each Constitutional Court decision is analysed following these points: How is the notion of marriage understood? How does the Court envision the recognition of same-sex couples? The work of Martha C. Nussbaum serves as a theoretical framework to describe the current legislation from legal and societal aspects following these decisions. Afterwards, a legal comparative analysis is used to pinpoint the similarities and differences in the approach of the Hungarian and the Italian Constitutional Court. It can be concluded from the comparative analysis that both Constitutional Courts played a crucial role in shaping the form of recognition and in advancing the rights of same-sex couples. Nevertheless, both Courts upheld that the institution of marriage requires partners to be of a different sex, reinforcing its heteronormative nature, meaning that marriage equality will probably not be achieved in the near future in either country.

Kulcsszavak angolul: constitution, legal sociology, marriage, marriage equality, same-sex couples