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Slovenia legalizes gay marriage and adoption rights

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — The parliament of Slovenia voted 51-28 on Tuesday night to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Lawmakers also legalized adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples.

The European republic gained its independence from former Soviet ally Yugoslavia in 1991 and joined the European Union in 2004, choosing to ally itself with the West. It borders Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast and Croatia to the south and southeast.

Although dominated by the Roman Catholic faith, Slovenia has moved toward being a secular state. Recently polls showed strong support for marriage equality.

Tuesday’s vote amends Slovenia’s Marriage Family Relations Act to allow same-sex marriage.

According to Wikipedia:

Same-sex marriage has been legalized in Belgium, Denmark, Finland (effective from March 1, 2017), France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom (except Gibraltar and Northern Ireland).

Same-sex civil unions have been legalized in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia (effective from Jan. 1, 2016), Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

HRC responds

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) commended the government of Slovenia for passing legislation that will make it the 21st nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens.

“We commend the elected representatives of Slovenia for passing such historic legislation ensuring the nation’s LGBT citizens receive the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who helped make this momentous day possible,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global.

Slovenia’s national parliament approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 28. The bill will be sent to President Borut Pahor to sign into law.

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,France, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, as well as England and Wales in the United Kingdom, have marriage equality laws that have gone into effect. In addition, Finland is set to extend full marriage rights to their LGBT citizens in the coming year.

The situation for LGBT people around the world varies widely, as some countries embrace equality, while in others, LGBT people continue to suffer from discrimination, persecution and violence.

• Same-sex conduct is criminalized in 76 countries

• In 10 countries same-sex conduct is punishable by death

• So-called anti-LGBT “propaganda” laws inhibit LGBT advocacy in three countries

• Same-sex marriage licenses are issued nationwide in 20 countries

• In 2014 there were over 200 documented reports of transgender people murdered in 28 countries. There continues to be countless undocumented cases of violence against transgender people throughout the world.

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