Moscow Court Denies Marriage Bid

Jim Burroway

October 8th, 2009

Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina ShipitkoLast May, Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko strode into a Moscow registry office and sought a marriage license. The office director denied their request, saying that Russian law only recognizes a marriage between a man and a woman. The couple took their case to court, which this week upheld the registrar’s ruling:

Irina Fet and Irina Shipitko had asked the Tverskoi district court to overrule a decision by a registry office which refused to endorse their marriage in May. It quoted Russian laws which describes a marriage as a “union between a woman and a man.”

“The judge refused their request,” spokeswoman Alexandra Berezina said without giving further details.

According to Moscow LGBT activist Nikolai Alekseev, who served as their attorney, the couple plan to fight the ruling. They also plan to go go Canada later this month and marry there.

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October 8th, 2009

Seriously, everyone in the world who is gay or lesbian should live in a country where they’re treated with respect and fairness. If their nation doesn’t do that they should get the hell out of it.

KZ

October 8th, 2009

I wish this couple the best of luck. Given the problems Russian LGBTs faced when they wanted to hold a parade in Moscow, Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko will need it.

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