Romania: Discriminatory Partnership and Adoption Provisions in New Civil Code

On June 22, 2009 the executive government of Romania assumed responsibility for the new civil and criminal codes. Then, on July 20, 2009, Romanian President Traian Basescu signed decrees promulgating these codes.

In the Civil Code, Articles 277, 258, 259, and 462 prevent same-sex couples and other non-traditional families from enjoying their rights to nondiscrimination, freedom of movement, and privacy under international and European law and policy.

On July 30, 2009, ACCEPT, IGLHRC, and ILGA-Europe sent a letter to President Basescu expressing disappointment with the new laws and calling on him to support any efforts to repeal them and to ensure nondiscrimination for all people, regardless of sexual orientation.

Despite the inclusion of Article 30 in the new Civil Code, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, these provisions are clearly discriminatory and deny the existence of LGBT and non-traditional heterosexual families, increasing social stigma and discrimination against them.

Read the letter in English here and in Romanian here.


On April 22, 2009, ACCEPT and IGLHRC sent a letter to the Romanian executive government responding to the then-proposed amendment to the civil law that would prohibit same-sex adoption. For more information click here.