In a historic debate, the Czech Lower House officially paved to way for marriage equality. (This article has a copyright disclaimer, see bellow)
Czeslaw Walek, the Jsme fér (We Are Fair) campaign-manager let Rémy Bonny know that, the Czech Lower House debated today on marriage equality.
Walek: “This is a historic moment. We started the debate. Now we need to keep going.”
If the bill gets approved, the Czech Republic is going to be the first former Eastern Bloc country to introduce same-sex marriage.
24 Czech MPs debated 2 amendments to the civil code Today. The first one is to open up marriage for same-sex couples. The second one, was to limit the article in the civil code on marriage to couples of opposite sexes.
The proposal came after the announcement in June of the Czech government that they would support a bill introducing same-sex marriage. Last month, the amendment to the civil code was already on the agenda. But then, the Lower House ran out of time to discuss it.
The proposal was presented by a group of 46 deputies headed by MP Radka Maxová. The amendment had the support from almost the entire political spectrum (ANO, Pirates, ČSSD, KSČM, STAN, TOP 09) of the chamber.
After the vote in the Lower House, it still needs to be accepted by the Senate. But that seems to be rather a formality.
“This is a historic moment for the LGBT-community in the whole of Central and Eastern Europe”, according to Rémy Bonny. He is a specialist in LGBTI-politics in Central and Eastern Europe.
“About 67% of the Czech population is in favour of same-sex marriage. The Czechs have always been the most progressive and open towards the LGBTI-community from the Eastern Bloc. The bigger cities like Prague and Brno have a very vibrant and lively LGBT-scene and Pride marches attract tens of thousands of participants”.
“Opinion polls suggest that even in conservative countries like Poland and Hungary the population – especially in the bigger cities – is becoming more and more progressive. Hopefully, the Czechs set an important precedent and this will create a snowball-effect in the region.”