At the meeting of the constitutional and legal committee today, according to the program, all three current proposals to change the unions of same-sex couples, which are now in the House of Representatives, were to be discussed.
The first is an amendment to the civil code known as “marriage for all”, the second is an effort to constitutionally define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and the third is a proposal to amend the law on registered partnerships. In the end, however, only the first came up in the debate.
Josef Bernard (STAN), the main proponent of the amendment to the Civil Code, spoke at the beginning. He informed his fellow MPs about the amendment by which he retreated from his original intention of “marriage for all”. He newly came up with the fact that same-sex couples will enjoy the same rights, but their union will be called differently – not marriage, but partnership. The newspaper N previously wrote that consensus is being sought among the coalition MPs on this compromise proposal.
“We want equalization of the rights of same-sex couples with one exception – that is the name of marriage. For these purposes, we want the name partnership,” Bernard explained his proposal, which he described as a compromise.
Helena Válková (ANO) also came up with the amendment “marriage for all”. Hers also talks about partnership, but has certain limitations in the area of parental rights, specifically
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