Slovakia, Europe

Homosexual sex was legalized in 1962. The age of consent was equalized with the heterosexual age of 15 in 1990. An Anti-Discrimination Act was adopted in 2004, in requirement with EU protocols on anti-discrimination in its member states. The Act, amended in 2008, makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation on a wide variety of grounds, including employment, education, housing, social care and the provision of goods and services. There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples. Slovakia introduced same sex partnership bills two times, in 1997 and in 2000, but both proposals were quickly rejected. Some political parties support the idea of same-sex partnerships. The European Union have been seeking harmonisation of family law (including gay civil unions) although this has been fiercely opposed by Slovakia.

 

 

Slovakia Referendum Banning Gay Marriage Fails

A referendum which sought to strengthen Slovakia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage failed Saturday. According to the BBC, the question failed due to low turnout. A minimum of 50% of eligible voters must participate in order for such ballots to be valid, but only 21.4% of voters showed up at the polls. Voters were asked… Read more »

Slovakia Referendum Banning Gay Marriage Fails

A referendum which sought to strengthen Slovakia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage failed Saturday. According to the BBC, the question failed due to low turnout. A minimum of 50% of eligible voters must participate in order for such ballots to be valid, but only 21.4% of voters showed up at the polls. Voters were asked… Read more »

Slovakia To Hold Referendum Against Gay Rights

Slovakia President Andrej Kiska said Thursday that a referendum on gay rights would take place in February despite heavy criticism from human rights groups. Earlier this year, lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment excluding gay couples from marriage. Saying the amendment wasn’t enough, conservative group the Alliance for Families (AZR) and the Catholic Church gathered 400,000… Read more »

Slovakia to hold referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015

The Slovakian President has announced that the country will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage early next year. President Andrej Kiska announced that the referendum will take place on 7 February, following the collection of 400,000 signatures on a petition by conservative group Alliance for Family. The questions on the referendum will ask whether voters… Read more »

Large Majority Of Slovak Lawmakers Approve Constitutional Gay Marriage Ban

A large majority of Slovak lawmakers on Wednesday voted for a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. According to gay weekly the Washington Blade, 102 parliamentarians supported the amendment, with only 18 voting against it in the 150-member parliament. The amendment was drafted by leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico’s ruling Direction-Social Democracy party. “The… Read more »

Slovakia Becomes The Seventh EU Country To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

This makes it the third European Union member state to ban same-sex couples from marrying since 2012. The parliament of Slovakia adopted a constitutional amendment prohibiting legal recognition of same-sex couples on Wednesday. This makes it the third European Union member state to ban same-sex couples from marrying since 2012, bringing the total number of… Read more »

Backroom deal rules out same-sex unions in Slovak constitution

Today, Slovak MPs from SMER (Social-Democrats) and KDH (Christian-Democrats) voted to define marriage as a ‘unique bond between a man and a woman’ in the Constitution. Ruling party SMER agreed to the demand of opposition party KDH in exchange of their support for a judicial reform. Slovak flag102 parliamentarians voted in favour of the constitutional… Read more »

Slovakia says no to gay partnership law

Slovakia’s parliament voted against the introduction of a same-sex partnership law Slovakia’s parliament rejected today (6 November) an opposition proposal to recognize gay partnerships. The bill has been passionately debated with the government and right wing parties accusing the opposition of blasphemy. Allegations were also made that granting same-sex relationship equivalent status as heterosexual marriage… Read more »

Slovakian opposition party proposes legislation for registered same-sex couples

The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party of Slovakia have announced plans to submit a bill to next month’s parliamentary session that would partially make the registered partnerships of LGBT couples equal with those of married heterosexual couples. As reported in the Slovak Spectator, MP Martin Poliacik of the party said: “This proposal addresses fundamental… Read more »

U.S., Canadian, other ambassadors to Slovakia publicly support gay pride parade

Bratislava, Slovakia – Twenty prominent ambassadors to Slovakia, including the Canadian, U.S., and many European Union state ambassadors, notably Polish and Hungarian, signed a public endorsement of a homosexual pride parade that took place this week. The Duhovy or “Rainbow” Pride parade took place on June 4 in Bratislava, Slovakia.  Participants demanded legalized same-sex “marriage”… Read more »

Title: “Identity of Homosexual Minority in Czech and Slovak Republics”

Abstract: The article points out an insufficient legislative regulation of rights of homosexual minority, and a consequent discrimination of the particular minority in the Slovak republic as well as in the Czech Republic. While in the Czech Republic the first step was taken in an enactment by adoption of the Law on registered partnership, in… Read more »

Gay rights gaining momentum in Slovakia

Since splitting into two separate nations in 1993, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have travelled at different speeds in relation to gay equality laws. The Czech Republic passed a civil union bill in 2006, while the Slovak Parliament is yet to pass same-sex relationship recognition. KoÅ¡ice-raised Vlad, 39, and Topoany-raised Juraj, 31, have their views… Read more »

Gay Slovakia News & Reports

1 Gay Named Slovak Man of 2000 1/01 2 Tolerant Dutch Fund Slovak Gay Magazine 11/00 3 Justice Minister Recommends Gays Seek Treatment 9/00 4 Slovakia Gays Oppose Minister’s Critical Stand On Gay Partnership 8/00 5 New Slovakian Gay Film 8/03 6 Gay rights activists protest ‘Catholic State’ threat 9/03 7 Conservative protests Swedish verdict… Read more »