Slovakia parliament rejects same-sex partnership bill Sung Un Kim at 1:33 PM ET
[JURIST] The parliament of Slovakia [official website, in Slovak] on Tuesday rejected [press release, in Slovak] a proposed bill recognizing same-sex partnerships within the country. In a 94-14 vote in which 129 members were present, the bill was heavily criticized during the two-day debate for its possible detrimental effect on the country's current legal system. The proposal would have given same-sex couples some of the rights that heterosexual married couples already enjoy such as parental rights over children or inheritance rights after the death of a partner. Supporters of the bill argued [Reuters report] that it would give loving and responsible homosexual couples the legitimacy they deserve. In response, opposing parties condemned the bill of destroying traditional family values in a country in which the majority is Catholic.
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