Jour Fixe 137 | Sipos Alexandra: Feminist Judgments in Central and Eastern Europe: The 154/2008. (XII. 17.) Decision of the Hungarian Constitutional Court

   2024. május 16. - 2024. május 16.

A HUN-REN Társadalomtudományi Kutatóközpont (MTA Kiváló Kutatóhely) 

Szociológiai Intézete 

tisztelettel meghívja 137. Jour Fixe eseményére


 Feminist Judgments in Central and Eastern Europe: The 154/2008. (XII. 17.) Decision of the Hungarian Constitutional Court



Előadó: Sipos Alexandra (HUN-REN TK SZI)

Hozzászólók: Balogh Lídia (HUN-REN TK JTI); Antonio García Cazorla (Minority Rights Group Europe) 

Időpont: 2024. május 16. csütörtök 13:00

Helyszín: Az eseményt hibrid formában tartjuk meg.

Személyesen: Szociológiai Intézet 1097 Budapest Tóth Kálmán utca 4.;  B.1.15 tárgyaló

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As of July 1, 2009, in Hungary, same-sex couples have the option to enter into a registered partnership but are not granted access to marriage. The paper scrutinizes a decision from the Hungarian Constitutional Court, reinterpreting it from feminist viewpoints on the institution of marriage and considering Hungary’s Central-Eastern-European geographical and historical context.

Regarding the timeline of recognizing same-sex couples, two key Constitutional Court decisions can be distinguished: the 14/1995 (III. 13.) and the 154/2008. (XII. 17.). The first, a notably progressive decision, addressed the issue of de facto partnerships and their connection to marriage, while the second focused on the regulation of registered partnerships, the newest established form of state-recognized partnership, in comparison to that of marriage.

In the paper, the examination of these two decisions are followed by a rewriting exercise of the 2008 Decision. This involves providing commentary and proposing alternative approaches to its reinterpretation. The commentary reflects on the Court's neutrality concerning homosexuality, the question of discrimination based on sexual orientation, state obligations within the private sphere, and the value of marriage as an institution. The rewriting draws on feminist and queer critiques of marriage, emphasizing its significance, relevance, and "special place" in society and the legal framework, using concepts like heteronormativity (Warner, 1991), amatonormativity (Brake, 2012), and allonormativity (Mollet & Lackman, 2022). Brief presentations of critiques of assimilation (Butler, 2002) and potential reforms to the institution of marriage (Chambers, 2013) are included in the commentary. The equal freedom and freedom of choice of citizens to determine how to lead their way of life are highlighted in the rewriting processin order to emphasize the value of different forms of relationship recognition. To further support the argument that expanding options for partnership recognition is valuable, the dissenting opinion of Dr. András Bragyova and the philosophical perspective of Martha C. Nussbaum and Nauzisca Palazzo are included.

This paper is part of the Feminist Judgments Project in Central and Eastern Europe, where a group of academics engage in similar feminist rewriting exercises within their respective contexts:


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