It’s been finalised and confirmed – that same-sex civil partnerships can be registered. Mind you, it’s not a marriage, but just a civil partnership. However, just like marriages, it can be registered and recognised by the law.

There are some differences for civil partnership-registered couples though, that they are not allowed to adopt children, unlike married couples. Despite this difference, they will have the same rights as married heterosexual couples in inheritance, taxation, and other financial matters. For a country that had banned same-sex marriage, this is certainly a step towards liberalization.

So for now, same-sex couples in Hungary can now rejoice, just like those in Czech Republic and Slovenia. As for same-sex couples in Singapore, I guess it’d be a rather long, if not eternal wait.

BUDAPEST – HUNGARY’S parliament passed a law late on Monday that allows same-sex couples to register a civil partnership with many of the rights and obligations of marriage.

Registered couples will have the same rights as married heterosexual couples in inheritance, taxation and other financial matters.

But they will not be allowed to adopt children, unlike married couples.

After decades under communist rule when homosexuality was banned or simply out of sight, it is far less widely accepted in Eastern Europe than in most of Western Europe.

The Czech Republic and Slovenia allow same-sex partnerships to be registered, but none of the former communist states allow gay marriages.

Although the law is primarily aimed at same-sex couples, the registered partnership is also open to heterosexual couples.

The law passed with 185 votes in favour, 154 against and nine abstentions. It will take effect as of January 2009. — REUTERS

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 18th December 2007 



Reader's Comments

  1. Stephanie | April 14th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    OMG I LOVE THIS. I am all fo Gay people they roc!!
    i have always wanted to kiss a girl before and ya

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