Gay Partnerships To Be Discussed in Parliament
The issue of same-sex registered partnerships has come into focus with the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) planning to submit a legislative proposal to allow registered partnerships, something that a recent poll of the agency Focus says is supported by almost half of all Slovaks.
The SaS party wants the issue to be debated already in the parliamentary session starting 11 September, and is hoping to get enough support to give homosexual couples some of the same rights as married couples. The party expects partial support from the OLaNO party of Igor Matovic, but is hopeful that the stand-alone government party of Robert Fico, Smer-SD, will make certain concessions and back the motion, at least in part.
The gay rights group Iniciativa Inakost (Otherness Initiative) presented the results of the poll on 1,026 respondents together with the agency Focus, noting how almost half of those in the poll supported the idea of registered partnerships for gays, while not allowing same-sex partnerships to adopt children. The actual figures were 9% definitely in favour of the move, with another 38% swaying in favour, with a clear link being seen between age and support or opposition.