After showing up to court late in August, lesbian Russian couple Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko suffered a setback in their fight to secure a marriage license in Moscow. Now, another blow: A court just ruled they have no right to one.
After battling with Moscow’s civil registry, the pair finally had their day in court. Except at the Tverskoi District Court, it was bad news: The court ruled Russian law defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It’s unclear what legal options the duo have left, but their attorney promises to continue fighting.
Fedotova-Fet and Shipitko, meanwhile, say they’ll fly to Canada to marry, then return to Russia in another attempt to force the government there to recognize their marriage. Yeah, like officials are going to grant them passports now.