New push for same-sex marriage in the Czech Republic, but obstacles remain – Brno Daily
Last week, a new bill was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies, co-signed by MPs from five different parties, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the Czech Republic. Even if passed, however, President Miloš Zeman said he would veto any bill that expands the definition of marriage. Photo credits: Freepik
The project was signed by representatives of five parliamentary groups: Mayors and Independents (STAN), TOP 09, the Piráti Party, the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and ANO. The ruling parliamentary groups had previously expressed their openness to discussing this decision and had made it clear that the adoption of the bill would not lead to divisions within the government coalition. MPs from most parties will likely be given a free conscience vote on the bill, leaving its likelihood of passage uncertain. When the last bill legalizing same-sex marriage was introduced in 2018, most parliamentary parties were split on the issue.
“On behalf of the Piráti Party, we believe that people should be equal not only in their responsibilities but also in their rights,” said Olga Richterová (Pirate), who represented party leader Ivan Bartos at a meeting of leaders of the coalition government. “We cannot divide citizens into categories based on who they love and who they want to spend their lives with. Today, hundreds of thousands of LGBT+ people are unable to marry, which means they and their children lose their legal security.
While the Piráti Party largely supports the bill, its coalition partners within the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) are overwhelmingly opposed. “We discussed this before the election and said that this is one of the specific issues where the issue of conscientious objection of every MP is really crucial,” KDU-CSL leader Marian Jurečka said. speaking to iDNES.cz. “So if such a proposal is presented and signed by some representatives of the ruling coalition groups, we will not understand it as a violation of the coalition agreement.”
Markéta Pekarová Adamová, President of the Chamber of Deputies and leader of TOP 09, had also publicly declared her support for the bill and signed the motion. As expected, the motion was not supported by the KDU-CSL or the far-right Freedom and Direct Democracy Party (SPD), but it remains to be seen whether these parties will grant their MPs a free vote. On the question. However, the bill would ultimately need to be signed by President Zeman, who said he would veto such a bill.
“I would like to announce that if I really get such a law on my desk, I will veto it,” Zeman told reporters after last week’s meeting with Hungarian President Katalina Novak in Prague. He said same-sex couples are entitled to all the benefits of a legal partnership, “but a family is the union of a man and a woman. Full stop.” He added that he would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, as some KDU-CSL representatives are currently calling for.
The proposed equal marriage for same-sex couples would include the granting of the same rights as opposite-sex couples, including the right to a widow’s pension, rights and duties regarding the children they raise and access to family help. Currently, same-sex couples can only enter into registered partnerships in the Czech Republic, but this lacks many of the same rights as married couples. Registered partners are not entitled to a survivor’s pension, have no co-ownership rights and cannot adopt a child together.https://brnodaily.com/2022/06/14/news/politics/new-push-for-same-sex-marriage-in-czech-republic-but-obstacles-remain/https://brnodaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/close-up-of-women-touching-each-others-hands-1-1024×684.jpghttps://brnodaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/close-up-of-women-touching-each-others-hands-1-150×100.jpgCzech Republic / WorldPolicyCzech Republic,LGBTQ+,News,PoliticsLast week, a new bill was introduced in the Chamber of Deputies, co-signed by MPs from five different parties, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the Czech Republic. Even if passed, however, President Miloš Zeman said he would veto any bill that expands the definition of marriage. Photo credits :…Ilaria Brizi
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