The Czech government has backed draft laws legalising same-sex marriage, and the country now looks set to become the first post-communist member of the EU to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry,.
It has taken the Czech Republic 12 years to reach this point, following the promulgation in 2006 of a law permitting same-sex couples to enter into registered partnerships.
The proposed bill now needs a simple majority in order for it to be passed by the 200-seat parliament, while those in opposition would need 120 votes to implement a constitutional change defining marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.”.
“I hold the view that marriage is some kind of basic value, which shouldn’t succumb to volatility,” said Marek Vyborny of the KDU-CSL, one of the bill’s biggest opponents.
When we speak to people and start explaining the differences, eyes are opened and people say that this is not fair.”.
While the decision to legalise same-sex marriage is still up to lawmakers in each country, when it comes to immigration all EU countries must recognise same-sex marriages where one partner/spouse is an EU national. »