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Czech authorities register 2322 same-sex unions in ten years

ČTK |
21 July 2016

Registered partnership has been concluded by 2,322 couples since the passage of the law that recognised the same-sex unions ten years ago, according to the statistics released by activist Milda Šlehofer yesterday.

Prague, July 20 (CTK) - Registered partnership has been concluded by 2,322 couples since the passage of the law that recognised the same-sex unions ten years ago, according to the statistics released by activist Milda Slehofer yesterday.
No official data on same-sex unions are available in the country.
Men have shown more interest in concluding homosexual partnership than women, as 1525 gay and 797 lesbian couples have been officially formed since 2006.
Over 300 couples cancelled their partnership.
Slehofer said 148 same-sex unions were concluded in the first half of this year, which is a record-high number.
The biggest interest in registered partnership occurred immediately after it was enacted because many people had been waiting for this opportunity for years. The law on same-sex unions was pushed through despite a veto by president Vaclav Klaus.
The Constitutional Court recently cancelled the passage of the Czech legislation that stated that single adults may adopt children, but registered partners cannot.
Last week, the lower house of parliament dealt with a bill according to which people may adopt children of their registered partners. At present, offspring of women or men who entered registered partnership can have only one parent.
MP Pavlina Nytrova (Social Democrats, CSSD) caused a stir by claiming that homosexuals would try to legalise sex with children, that they are mostly promiscuous, tend to abuse alcohol and suffer from mental disorders.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) called on Nytrova to apologise for her offensive statements. Unless she does so, she cannot run for the party anymore, Sobotka said. Nytrova said she would not apologise and not run for the CSSD anymore.

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