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Same-sex partnership act passed

The National Assembly passed on Thursday a bill that provides formal equality to gay couples, except for marriage, adoptions or in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Endorsed in a 54:15 vote, the the same-sex partnership act extends the legal consequences stemming from marriage to gay couples except for adoptions and IVF. The latter two proved as the most controversial points in the legislation enacting full marriage equality, which was rejected in a referendum on 20 December 2015.


The latest bill was filed to parliament a day after the referendum by MP Jani Möderndorfer. Unlike the referendum-defeated changes to the marriage and family relations act, the Möderndorfer-sponsored law does not provide for gay adoptions or IVF.