Poland’s Gays Can Inherit Their Dead Partners’ Homes, And It Only Took the European Court of Human Rights to Make It So

We suspected a minor sea change in Poland’s feelings toward the gays when a woman was fined thousands of euros for calling her neighbor a fag. But it took the European Court of Human Rights to strike down Poland’s legal discrimination against gays in housing, with a ruling that eschewed the country’s constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex couplings, in the case of Piotr Kozak, “whose partner died in 1998, and who had his request to continue lining in their municipal flat in the western city of Szczecin turned down, in spite of a provision in Polish law allowing a ‘person who has lived in de facto cohabitation with the tenant’ to succeed to the tenancy.”