LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA — (10-05-22) — The Slovenian parliament made history on Tuesday, after it passed an amendment allowing same-sex marriage and right to adopt children after a constitutional court ruling made it the first country in post-Communist Eastern Europe to do so. The family law amendment was passed by 48 MPs with 29 against and one abstaining.

Slovenia, which emerged from the break-up of Yugoslavia, is the first post-communist country to make same-sex marriage and adoption in Europe, as most of its neighbors do not allow civil unions or same-sex marriages.

In July, Slovenia’s Supreme court ruled that the law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman discriminated against same-sex couples. It suspended the contested articles with immediate effect and ordered parliament to amend the text within six months.

“With these changes, we are recognizing the rights of same-sex couples that they should have had for a long time,” said State Secretary Simon Maljevac to MPs when presenting the amendment.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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