Russian Court: Lesbian Couple Can't Marry
Irina Fedotova (Fet) and Irina Shipitko, a lesbian couple who went to court after being denied a marriage certificate, have had their case thrown out of court:
"Irina Fet and Irina Shipitko had asked the Tverskoi district court to overrule a decision by a registry office which refused to endorse their marriage in May. It quoted Russian laws which describes a marriage as a 'union between a woman and a man.' ... The judge refused their request,' spokeswoman Alexandra Berezina said without giving further details. Although post-Soviet Russia no longer prosecutes homosexuals as criminals and many high-profile Russians manifest their same-sex alliances, gays and lesbians remain public outcasts...A bid by Fet and Shipitko to register their marriage, the latest in a string of similar failed attempts, has been aimed at changing public perception of homosexuality in Russia."