Once again, tiny Slovenia shows a rare progressive tendency within the “former eastern countries”. Following the historic decision of the Constitutional Court of this Balkan country on Friday 8 July which has a population of just over two million, Slovenian gays have become the first to marry and adopt children in the entire region of post-communist Europe. The ban on marriage and adoption for same-sex couples is Unacceptable discrimination against same-sex couples, The court decided.
Ljubljana judges were summoned to speak in two cases involving same-sex couples, as the Ljubljana judges, by six votes to three, gave the Slovenian parliament six months to comply with their decision. But they also added that the crux of their judgment is immediate application. “It is a complete victory for us after long efforts by civil society”Lana Gobec, president of Legebitra, the main Slovenian association fighting for gay rights, celebrates.
Prime Minister Robert Golub’s government also welcomed the decision, pledging to introduce adaptation legislation by “a week or two”. We pledge to work on preparing and adopting legislative amendments as soon as possible to ensure equal rights for all.said the Freedom Movement (center-left) to Mr. Golub, which should be able to count on its large majority in Parliament to pass this law without difficulty.
Slovenia is the 18th country in Europe to allow marriage for everyone, but this is the first time for a former communist country. Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia until its independence in 1991. In recent years, unlike the Slovenian case, other countries in the region such as Hungary or Croatia have included in their constitutions a strict definition of heterosexual marriage, in response to advances in gay rights in Western Europe.
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“We have always been the most advanced on this issue among other countries in Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia, so it makes sense to follow this thirty-five year tradition.”Natasha Sukić, a lesbian activist since the 1980s, is now a Member of Parliament under the name of the left-wing Levika party, and is a member of the current ruling coalition. However, this figure of the Slovenian LGBT scene fears that conservative Catholic circles, which are still very influential in this still very religious country, will try to prevent the implementation of this decision.
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