Czech Republic will be first former eastern bloc country to legalise gay marriage

Posted by Bukola Daike on May 11, 2021 at 5:56 am

The Czech Republic is set to become the first country in the former eastern bloc to legalise gay marriage after MPs passed a new equality law.

The bill, which enjoys widespread public support, according to polls, has been in front of parliament for three years but opponents had delayed a vote until its proponents finally forced a special session today to pass the legislation.

The result will be closely watched in Hungary and Poland whose leaders often extol “traditional values” and where constitutional stipulations define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Budapest and Warsaw are key “conservative” forces in the culture wars raging across Europe and have implemented several anti-LGBT policies.

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