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Same-sex partnership act implemented

Formal equality of gay couples was passed in April 2016. The same-sex partnership act was deferred by nine months when it entered into force on 24 May 2016.

The same-sex partnership act extends the legal consequences stemming from marriage to gay couples except for adoptions and IVF.


So far, partners in a non-registered relationship were not characterised as close family members and were therefore not eligible for benefits such as survivor pensions and unemployment insurance through their partners, and the right to paid leave in the event of the partner's death. Same-sex couples will also be able to formally register their same-sex partnership in an equally ceremonious way as heterosexual couples.