Recognition of same-sex unions in Latvia

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Legal status of
same-sex relationships
Marriage
Recognized
Previously performed and not invalidated
  1. Can be registered also in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
  2. Same-sex marriage is currently legal in St. Louis, Missouri
  3. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage

*Not yet in effect

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In December 2005, Latvia decided to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.[1]

On 23 September 1999 the Latvian National Human Rights Office presented registered partnership bill. On 28 September 1999 the proposal was sent to the Human Rights and Public Affairs Commission of the Saeima (Parliament) of the Republic of Latvia for discussion.[2][3] On 30 November 1999 the commission rejected the bill.[4]

In January, 2012, the Ombudsman has recommended to the Parliament not to introduce same-sex registered partnership.[5][6]

However, after Baltic Pride in June 2012, it was revealed that the Ministry of Justice is currently considering whether to recognise same-sex partnerships, either through unregistered cohabitation or registered partnership. Defence Minister Artis Pabriks indicated his support for registered partnerships.[7] Mozaika, Latvia's largest gay rights organisation, predicted that it would take approximately five years to obtain enough political support to pass the bill.[8]

In November 2014 while commenting on the declaration by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs that he is gay and on his call for recognition of same-sex relationships, the Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma reaffirmed her support for the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage. She also admitted that "Latvian law has not yet resolved the question of partner-relationships", explaining that non-recognition of unmarried couples affects many in Latvia regardless of sexual orientation and that protection of such familes needed to be disscued by both the community and the Saeima.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Latvia cements gay marriage ban". BBC. December 15, 2005. 
  2. ^ LATVIA: PARTNERSHIP LAW PRESENTED TO THE MEDIA AND SENT TO PARLIAMENT
  3. ^ LATVIA: PROGRESS ON PARTNERSHIP LAW
  4. ^ LATVIA KILLS PARTNER MEASURE
  5. ^ Letter No. 1-8/4 to parliamentary committees on human rights and legal affairs by the Ombudsman J. Jansons 26 January 2012(Latvian)
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  7. ^ DELFI (2012-06-02). "Pabriks: Latvijas likumdošanu nevar balstīt uz stereotipiem un idejām par politikas un baznīcas vienotību". Delfi.lv. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  8. ^ ""Mozaīka" prognozē partnerattiecību likuma pieņemšanu tuvākajā piecgadē". Kasjauns.lv. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  9. ^ "Straujuma: Latvia can create a legal framework for all types of partnership". Kasjauns.lv. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.  (Latvian)