Scott Titshaw, a professor at Mercer University School of Law, hosted a meeting at the United States Embassy’s U.S. Mission to the European Union concerning the topic of the intersection of family law and immigration law. The current Fulbright-Schuman European Union Program grantee is focusing on the legal possibility and results of immigration and internal migration by same-sex couples and their children in the E.U. and the United States.
European families, unlike American families, face increasingly divergent laws. In the United States, recognition for same-sex marriage is done on a state by state basis, while the federal government acknowledges same-sex marriage when it is celebrated in a state or country where it is legal. Some countries in the E.U. recognize same-sex marriage while others have banned it, but same-sex marriage in Europe is not protected at a higher level. Professor Titshaw hypothesizes that these discrepancies in law can create many problems for LGBTI families, especially when it comes to the children of LGBTI parents.
Professor Titshaw discussed his findings at the meeting with representatives from various political communities. Topics discussed varied from in vitro reproductive rights to asylum for LGBTI couples in the European Union while making comparisons between the United States’ policies. This conference aims to help LGBTI policy making by exchanging ideas between E.U. and American representatives and will help with Titshaw’s research.
The “Promoting LGBTI Rights – A Shift in Rights-Based Foreign Policy” Panel Discussion at the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) event at the U.S. Mission to the EU took place on February 23, 2015 and featured the following speakers on the panel: Professor Scott Titshaw, Fullbright Scholar, E.U.I Migration Policy Centre, Silvio Gonzato, Director for Human Rights and Democracy, EEAS, Logan Council, Political Officer, U.S. Mission to the EU, and Evelyne Paradis, executive director, ILGA Europe