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Reuters reports this morning:
European law does not require countries to grant same-sex couples the right to marry, even if some states have already done so, the continent’s top human rights court has ruled.
The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected an appeal by two Austrian men who said their country’s refusal to allow same-sex marriage violated the right to marry and prohibition of discrimination in European rights law.
My first reaction was surprise — since when do European bureaucrats pass up an opportunity to tell everone else What Must Be? But then it hit me — when “everyone else” includes a large and growing Muslim polulation, this is probably an issue they want to avoid like the plague. Look for more interesting fissures in the “progressive” monolith in the years ahead….