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Thursday 16 March 2006

Czech Parliament passes gay rights law

The Czech Republic has become the first former communist nation in Europe to pass legislation permitting same sex partnerships. Just enough votes in Parliament were received to override the veto of President Vaclav Havel in February. So, if that is closer to your own view, you can share the pain of President Havel when he made this statement: "[the law is] a defeat for all of us who believe that the family in our society is fundamental, unique, unrivalled". For myself, I prefer the sentiments of leading gay rights activist Jiri Hromada: "The law is a compromise. It will harm no-one and will make many happy.".

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