Love is love – wherever you are & whoever you are.
Currently, the Czech republic legal system does not allow same-sex marriages and the only legal form of such a relationship would be a so-called “registered partnership”. Such a partnership, however, is not the same as marriage – registered partners cannot adopt children together, they cannot create or acquire joint property and are not eligible for a number of welfare payments & pensions (such as widower’s pension & etc).
The Czech society, however, is open to the idea of same-sex marriage – almost 70% of Czechs support marriage equality, while almost 60% of Czechs support the legalisation of same-sex couple adoptions. Yet, the politicians are still hesitant – but why?
In 2018, an amendment bill was presented by a group of politicians to the Czech parliament. The proposition was simple: to update the civil code definition of marriage by replacing the words “man and woman” with “two persons”. The bill, however, has been deliberately delayed, ignored & yet to be voted on.
The approval of same-sex marriage has the potential to change society for the better, to help the society in understanding the problematic better and to help battle the myths and stigma surrounding the idea of same-sex marriage. Countries that have approved the legalisation (i.e. Denmark or Sweden) have also shown a significant improvement in the LGBTQ+ community suicide rates.
One decision has the power to save lives, while it hurts nobody.
A 2018 public survey by the MEDIAN Agency reported that more than two thirds of Czechs support marriage equality while even more of them support same-sex partners adopting the children of their respective partners. Marriage equality is indeed a talking point amongst the LGBTQ+ community as well – a public survey by the former public defender of rights Anna Šabatová showed that 98% of the surveyed LGBTQ+ community members support the fight for marriage equality, while 96% of them agree that marriage equality and the legalisation of same-sex couple adoptions could lead to life quality improvements amongst the LGBTQ+ community.
We, as a nation, seem to be ready for the next step. We are ready for marriage equality