Montenegro legalized same-sex unions (partnerships)

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02.07.2020 10:00 582 0 0
Deputies of the ruling coalition of Montenegro, supported by the opposition parties SDP and DEMOS, on Wednesday, July 1, adopted a Law on the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.

To pass the Law on same-sex partnerships, the Parliament of Montenegro had to get at least 41 votes out of 81 deputies. 42 deputies voted in support of the bill, 5 against it.

Yesterday, as a year ago, when this law was not adopted, the bill was not supported by four representatives of the minority parties: the Croatian Civil initiative, the Bosnian party and the Albanian FORCE, which together with the Democratic party of socialists and social Democrats form the ruling coalition in Montenegro. Most of the opposition was also against the adoption of the law.

The adopted law provides that same-sex partners can marry, inherit from each other, have joint property, the right to pension and social security, visit hospitals, take care of children together, and can also take care of their partner's child if they do not have closer family members.

The bill allows same-sex couples in Montenegro to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples, only without the possibility of adopting children.

LGBT organizations in Montenegro celebrated the adoption Of the law on partnership in relation to the life of same-sex people as their great victory, stating that a historic step was taken in the fight for LGBT human rights in Montenegro.

Montenegro's adoption of the Law on same-sex partnerships was welcomed by the us and UK Embassies, who immediately after its approval by Parliament announced on Twitter that it was "a historic day for the LGBT community in Montenegro and a very important step forward towards equality and tolerance for all."
 
Foto: EPA (MONTENEGRO GAY PRIDE MARCH)

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