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Aruba: Same-Sex Partnerships Recognized by Law

(Sept. 23, 2016) On September 8, 2016, the Parliament of Aruba, one of the constituent countries that comprise the Kingdom of the Netherlands, voted to amend the Aruban Civil Code provisions on marriage so as to officially recognize same-sex registered partnerships. The amendment will give same-sex couples the same benefits granted to married partners under […]

Germany: Court Recognizes Co-Mothers of Child

(July 6, 2016) On June 15, 2016, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) published a decision issued on April 20 in which it held that a South African law that awards co-motherhood to the German wife of the biological mother of a child born in a same-sex marriage has to be recognized in […]

Estonia: Legalization of Civil Partnerships

(Jan. 14, 2016) On January 1, 2016, the Registered Partnership Law, which had been passed by the Estonian Parliament in 2014, entered into force. The enforcement of the Law was delayed by the need to pass implementing regulations and amend existing legislation. (Registered Partnership Act (Oct. 9, 2014), RIIGI TEATAJA [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] (Oct. 16, 2014), […]

Slovenia: Same-Sex Marriage Law Rejected by Voters

(Dec. 24, 2015) In a referendum held on December 20, 2015, voters in Slovenia rejected by a margin of 63.54% to 36.46% a law on same-sex marriage and adoption rights that had been passed by the National Assembly in March 2015. (Taylor Isaac, Slovenia Voters Reject Same-Sex Marriage Law, PAPER CHASE (Dec. 21, 2015); Referendum […]

Vietnam: New Family Law Adopted

(Sept. 15, 2015) Vietnam’s legislature has adopted a new Law on Marriage and Family that will come into effect on January 1, 2016. The Law has 133 articles, arranged in nine chapters, and institutes a number of significant reforms. The primary goal of the Law is to give citizens a legal means to exercise their […]

European Court of Human Rights: Decision on Gay Marriage in Italy

(Sept. 14, 2015) On July 21, 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a landmark judgment concerning homosexuals and their right to marry in Italy. In the case of Oliari and Others v. Italy, the ECHR found in favor of six male applicants who were in committed, stable relationships with other men, but […]

Israel: Intended Assets Sharing Presumption Applies to Same-Sex Couples

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 20, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a decision of the Tel Aviv District Court recognizing the applicability of the “assets’ sharing presumption” to a same-sex couple who prior to ending their relationship had cohabited while jointly raising the child of one of the spouses and jointly managing […]

Ireland: Gender Recognition Bill Passed

(July 31, 2015) On July 15, 2015, the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was passed by the Oireachtas (Irish legislature). (Gender Recognition Bill 2014, No. 116/2014, HOUSES OF THE OIREACHTAS.) The bill was signed into law by the President of Ireland on July 22. (2015 Legislation, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.) The bill enables transgender people to obtain […]

Slovenia: Law on Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Rights Passed

(Mar. 9, 2015) It was reported on March 3, 2015, that Slovenia’s National Assembly had passed amendments to the country’s Law on Marriage and Family Relations that grant equal status to same-sex and heterosexual unions. Fifty-one Deputies of the 90-member body voted in favor of the changes; 28 voted against it. (Press Release, Republic of […]

Slovak Republic: Effort to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Fails

(Feb. 12, 2015) On February 7, 2015, Slovakia held a national referendum on the subject of same-sex marriage. The initiative, designed to strengthen the country’s ban on the practice, failed due to low voter participation. Instead of the 50% needed for a valid vote, only approximately 21% of those eligible took part. The questions the […]