A Slovenian law allowing same-sex couples to marry went into force on Friday and the first civil registrar ceremony, between two women, is to take place in Maribor on Saturday, the town’s Vecer daily said.
Before today, Slovenian law allowed sex-same couples to register their union but the Constitutional Court found a few years ago that those couples continued to be discriminated against compared to heterosexual couples because they were not entitled to a wedding ceremony or social rights for the partner.
Under the new law, same-sex couples can go on sick leave if their partner is sick and inherit property and receive a widow’s pension if their partner dies.
LGBT associations and activists are satisfied with the improvements but not entirely. The new law does not allow lesbian couples to undergo artificial insemination or adopt children. Two referendums held in recent years rejected bills envisaging those rights, although Slovenia is considered to be quite a liberal society.
Slovenian media said that under the previous law, which LGBT activists and associations were not happy with at all, only 20 to 30 couples annually registered their same-sex unions.