2016-01-29 10:02:00

Georgian Constitutional Court receives same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tbilisi, January 29, Interfax - Lawyer Giorgi Tatishvili has filed a lawsuit with the Georgian Constitutional Court, seeking recognition of same-sex marriage in the country.

The lawsuit calls for a change in the Georgian Civil Code which defines marriage as one between a man and a woman, Tatishvili told reporters.

The definition of family should be clarified as a union between man and man, woman and woman, and man and woman, he said.

He added that he filed the lawsuit as an individual and not as a representative of an organization.

The issue prompted active media debate in Georgia back in 2015.

Zurab Jorbenadze, head of Rights For All, a Georgian nongovernmental organization, said last summer that the association agreement signed between Georgia and the European Union involves formal recognition by Georgia of same-sex marriages.

The then prime minister, Irakli Garibashvili, told journalists at the time that, "there will be no same-sex marriages in Georgia, and marriage, family is a union between man and woman."