An attempt to legalise same-sex registered partnerships motioned by the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) flopped in parliament today as expected, preceded by a ridiculously long and defamatory debate among the various parties.
The outcome was preordained, so much so that even some of the SaS party promoting the bill did not even show up to vote, meaning the bill received the support of just 14 votes of support in a 150-MP parliament. Lucia Nicholson MP from the SaS party expressed how she felt Slovak society was now ready to deal with the topical issue of registered partnerships, but that it was maybe not so ripe to deal with issues like adoption. She referred to the preceding parliamentary debate as more akin to an inquisition trial.
People in same-sex partnerships will thus remain informal partners, without the same legal protection and rights as that afforded to other couples. The SaS party intends to keep resubmitting its proposals to have same-sex partnerships registered, but the issue might need a bigger dose of maturity, both in society and in parliament.