Children of same-sex couples recognized in one European Union country should be recognized by all members to guarantee their free movement, the European Union’s top court ruled Tuesday, giving a boost to the rights of same-sex parents across the continent.
Swiss voters decide on Sunday whether to allow same-sex couples to wed and adopt children after a highly charged campaign pitted gay rights activists against conservative opponents in one of the last Western European countries to still ban gay marriage.
Eastern Europe has long resisted same-sex marriage. Prague might be about to change that. The Czech Republic is already one of the most tolerant countries in Central and Eastern Europe toward the LGBT community.
The lower chamber of the Czech parliament voted Friday to discuss a draft law that would grant some legal rights to same-sex partners, an official said. Eighty-two of the 107 deputies present voted to allow the draft to go to a second reading; nine were against it, and 16 abstained
On Thursday the Czech lower parliamentary chamber dismissed the third motion to pass a draft law that grants equal rights to same sex partnerships. The proposed law, if it had been passed, would have granted same sex partners the same rights available to heterosexual marriages.