Slovenia is the 18th European country to legalize gay marriage

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The Constitutional Court of Slovenia ordered the parliament to adopt a law on same-sex marriage within six months. And adoptions will also be allowed.

Slovenia is preparing to legalize i same-sex marriages. The country’s Constitutional Court has indeed defined discriminatory restrictions on same-sex union and ordered parliament to legislate on the matter to remove them within six months. The judges then recognized the possibility of adoption of children for homosexual couples.

Slovenia is preparing to legalize same-sex marriage © Scott Barbour / Getty Images

The intervention of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia

With a majority of six judges against threethe Constitutional Court of Slovenia has ruled that the limitations on same-sex marriage and the adoption of children for same-sex couples are in contrast with the constitutional rules that prohibit any kind of discrimination in the country.

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As stated in the sentence, discrimination against same-sex couples “cannot be justified by leveraging traditional meaning of marriage as a union between a man and a woman “. The same goes for adoptions and the judges gave the Slovenian parliament a maximum of six months to resolve the situation.

Slovenia is therefore preparing to legalize same-sex marriages and adoptions for same-sex couples, in reality even in very short terms. Port MoonMinister of Labor and Social Affairs of the new liberal government that took office in recent weeks, said that could be enough a couple of weeks to have the new law.

More and more European countries legalize gay marriage

The number of European countries where same-sex marriage is legal is growing in number. Slovenia will in fact be the 18th state of the old continent to legislate in this sense, joining Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Moreover, Slovenia is the first country of the former communist bloc to legalize same-sex marriage.

Who does not appear in this list is theItalia, the only Western European country that does not have a same-sex marriage law. Since 2016, with the Cirinnà lawin the beautiful country the civil unions between people of the same sex, who from certain economic and fiscal points of view provide benefits such as marriage but which do not intervene on other points, such as adoptions. A law on the subject, on the other hand, is still a long way off, despite the fact that, according to the Eurispes 2022 report 61.3 percent of Italians (+2.9 per cent compared to 2021) are in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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