Slovakia elects its first-ever female, LGBTI-friendly president

Zuzana Caputova might change the game for LGBTI people by legally recognizing same-sex unions

Liberal lawyer and LGBTI ally Zuzana Caputova has become the first-ever female president of Slovakia.

Caputova’s election breaks the trend that has seen populist, anti-EU politicians make gains across the continent. She is a founding member of Progressive Slovakia, a non-parliamentary socially liberal and progressive party.

The environmentalist and anti-corruption activist, who is relatively new to the world of politics, won about 58.3% of the votes. Her opponent, European commissioner Maros Sefcovic, took 41.7%.

Caputova also won the first round of the nation’s elections two weeks ago with 40.6% of the vote, with Sefcovic getting 18.7%.

The president-elect will take office in June 2019.

What does it mean for LGBTI people in Slovakia?
Her victory implies a significant step forward in LGBTI equality in Slovakia, where same-sex marriage and adoption aren’t yet legal.

Unlike her predecessors, Caputova has expressed her support for LGBTI issues.

She had previously supported legalizing registered partnerships for same-sex couples and addressed the possibility for LGBTI couples to adopt children.

She has been quoted as saying: ‘I prefer the child to have a biological mother and a biological father. If he were to grow up in institutional care, I think he’d be better off with two loving beings, even if they were of the same sex.’

Furthermore, she opposes a ban on abortion.

by Stefania Sarrubba
Source – Gay Star News

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