BULGARIA (PM) — A court in Bulgaria has ruled in support of a same-sex couple who originally married in France, in a court case that allowed gay marriage for the first time in the conservative country.
Australian citizen Kristina Palma, who married Mariama Dialo of France in 2016, was originally authorized to live, work and travel in Bulgaria and the European Union on the grounds that she wedded an EU citizen. But Bulgaria later refused her those rights, asserting that same-sex marriage was not legal in the country.
The couple encountered a two-year battle that ended Wednesday, when the court affirmed Palma’s rights as the wife of an EU citizen.
Their attorney Denitsa Lyubenova declared the ruling could be an essential introductory step toward legalizing same-sex marriage in Bulgaria.