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gavelThe European Court of Human Rights has reached a decision in the case of a lesbian couple, which could affect the outcome of David Cameron’s consultation on gay marriage in England and Wales.

The women, Valerie Gas and Nathalie Dubois are in a civil partnership in France and wanted one of the women to be able to adopt the other’s a child according to the Daily Mail.

They tried to establish marriage rights under anti-discrimination laws but the judges said there had been no discrimination, saying “The European Convention on Human Rights does not require member states’ governments to grant same-sex couples access to marriage… With regard to married couples, the court considers that in view of the social, personal, and legal consequences of marriage, the applicants’ legal situation could not be said to be comparable to that of married couples.”

Launching the Government’s consultation on the issue last week, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “Put simply, it’s not right that a couple who love each other and want to formalise a commitment to each other should be denied the right to marry.”

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