Friday, June 22, 2018

Czech government supports an equal marriage bill

The Czech government gave its backing on Friday to a bill which would make the country the first in formerly communist Europe to allow same-sex marriage.

The Czech Republic has been allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter registered partnerships since 2006. A group of 46 lawmakers across the floor drafted the marriage bill, arguing that gay couples deserved the option of full marital status.

The bill allowing same-sex marriages would need only a simple majority in the 200-seat house, while the constitutional change would require 120 votes.

Most western European countries permit same-sex marriage, but the only formerly communist region where it is legal is the east of now-unified Germany.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Friday his government backed the legislation to introduce same-sex marriage. In a poll conducted in May, 50 percent of respondents supported gay marriage, but seventy-four percent approved of the existing registered partnership option.

First step to full marriage equality is done!


  1. Marcus J. Hopkins liked and retweeted this post, thanks!!!

  2. By Leo Lauzon: Wow isn't that wonderful news!!