The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled yesterday that member states parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (the Council of Europe treaty sometimes called the European Convention on Human Rights) have no obligation to provide for same-gender marriage as such. The judgment came in the CASE OF SCHALK AND KOPF v. AUSTRIA (Application no. 30141/04). Austria has only a Registered Partnership Act as of January 1, 2010. For a good presentation of the court's recent history on same-sex partnerships in the context of equality and discrimination rulings and comparative analysis with U.S. constitutional rulings, see the blog post at EJIL Talk! (blog of the European Journal of International Law).