The Liechtenstein Parliament adopts same-sex partnership

22/03/2011

The Parliament of Liechtenstein adopted earlier this month unanimously the law on registered partnership for same-sex couples. The law will most likely enter into force in September 2011.

This law is the first progressive legislation regarding LGBTI people's rights in the small country, which borders Switzerland and Austria. There are so far no legislation on anti-discrimination, hate speech/crime or parenting for same-sex-couples in place in Liechtenstein.

The registered partnership law will come into force in September 2011, unless a submission of signatures will be put forward to hold a referendum. There has been strong opposition from conservative circles in a strongly Catholic country, but the registered partnership law is likely to be introduced since the voting in the parliament was very clear as all parties welcomed the law on registered partnership for same-sex couples.

Same-sex couples in Liechtenstein can look forward to be able to enter a registered partnership that gives some of the same rights as when entering a marriage - in areas such as taxation, inheritance, social security and occupational pensions. However the partnership law does not include joint adoption, second parent adoption, medically assisted insemination and surrogacy rights.

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Read more about LGBTI rights in Liechtenstein here.

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