A Bulgarian court has recognised a marriage between two women who married in France, the first time that a same-sex union has been acknowledged in the conservative country.
The ruling was in accordance with a June 2018 European Court of Justice Ruling (ECJ) which means that EU nations must recognise same-sex marriages from other member states, even if they do not grant marriage equality to their own citizens.
LGBT rights in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is one of more than 20 European countries where equal marriage remain illegal, according to the Pew Research Centre.
The country’s constitution explicitly bans same-sex unions, meaning that two-thirds of parliament would need to approve any change to the law.