Peace Institute director co-writes report on sexual-orientation discrimination in Slovenia

April 15, 2015

zborni2k-211x300News Source: The Peace Institute, Slovenia

A publication co-written by Neža Kogovšek Šalamon of the Peace Institute and 4 other authors reveals that at least 70 national laws in Slovenia are discriminatory on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The Slovenian-language publication covers family, civil, criminal, administrative, labour, social, corporate and other legal areas.

Slovenia’s recently approved legislative amendments to Marriage and Family Relations Act that grant equal marriage rights to same sex partners would remedy all these inequalities in one step. The amendments have not entered into force yet.

In Slovenia, same-sex partnership was introduced in 2005, however, a large number of laws fail to reflect the fact that such partnerships exist already for ten years. In addition, the entire legal system completely ignores de facto same-sex partners, unlike in the case of opposite sex partners that enjoy many of the rights and benefits recognized to spouses.

The analysis aims at showing the scope of discrimination and provides for a basis for assessment of how many laws would have to be changed if a step-by-step approach is taken by the legislator.

The book was published by Institute for Culture of Diversity and is one of the results of a project   entitled “DIKE – Empowerment of LGBT Persons and NGOs for the Elimination of Systemic and Structural Discrimination of LGB People, Enhancement of Active Citizenship, Rule of Law, Democracy and Social Justice”, coordinated by Association Legebitra, in which the Peace Institute participates as a partner.

Download: Pravni položaj istospolnih partnerstev in starševstva v Sloveniji (in Slovenian)

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