The first three gay couples to register their partnerships have celebrated their 'weddings' reports CeskeNoviny.cz. The first ever such partnership in the Czech Republic took place between Josef and Karel ('Pepa') in Ostrava, who said: "It was wonderful. We've saved some money together. Now we are sure of not losing it if any of us passed away". On the other hand they have stated their opposition to same-sex couples raising children - they think this is best undertaken by a child's mother. The new law took effect on 1 July 2006. News24.com writes: "An opinion poll this year showed 62% of Czechs in favour of same-sex marriages or registered partnerships. Previous proposals for registered partnerships had been rejected in four separate votes in parliament. The last, in February, was defeated by a single vote."
The Czech Republic is the first country in central Europe to permit gay partnerships. Well done!