European Court Of Human Rights
On March 27 last year, the UK’s representation in Strasbourg organised the European Council’s first “closed conference” (ie, public not admitted), to agree detailed plans for the June 2013 implementation of "equal civil marriage”, with a keynote address from Lynne Featherstone. A speech by the British judge, Sir Nicolas Bratza, then head of the European Court of Human Rights, signalled that the court was ready to declare same-sex marriage a “human right”, as soon as enough countries fell into line.
The Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has issued a judgement saying that the European Convention on Human Rights “does not require member states’ governments to grant same-sex couples access to marriage." This is not a question of discrimination or human rights, the court has ruled. It reached a decision in the case of a lesbian couple in France.