Italy has become the last major Western country to legalise same-sex partnerships as a much-disputed law takes effect.
European Court of Human Rights has just ruled that the French courts did not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation, when French court declared a marriage between a same-sex couple to be not valid.
A Romanian group that campaigns to promote traditional family values called on lawmakers to change the constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
11 May is now a significant date for the Italian LGBTI movement. Their persistent advocacy work was rewarded today as the Italian Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of a civil union bill in a final vote.
The Swiss electorate has voted against a popular initiative that would have effectively prevented same-sex couples from marrying. The initiative, backed by the Christian Democratic People’s Party (PDC) in Switzerland was rejected today (28 February 2016) by 50.8% to 49.2%.
Tonight, the Italian Senate (one of two parliamentary chambers) voted in favour of a Same-Sex Civil Union and Cohabitation Bill which would establish an institution of civil unions for same-sex partners and cohabitation for all couples. This is the first time that Italian parliamentarians have supported the legal recognition of same-sex couples.
Thousands of people marched in Italian cities Saturday to demand legal recognition for gay couples and their children, days before lawmakers begin addressing the deeply divisive issue.
Greek parliamentarians approved a new civil partnership bill today which will legally recognise same-sex couples for the first time. ILGA-Europe send their congratulations to all the LGBTI organisations and politicians who have contributed to this historic result. Among 249 present parliamentarians, 194 voted for and 55 voted against this law.
The referendum voters in Slovenia have rejected a law to open marriage to same-sex couples with 37% of those who cast their vote were in favour of the amendment, 63% voted against it. The amendment to the Marriage and Family Relations Act will not now come into force.
Yesterday, Slovenians voted in a referendum against an amendment which would have given same-sex couples the right to get married.