Recognition of same-sex unions in Liechtenstein

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Legal recognition of
same-sex relationships
  1. Can be registered also in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
  2. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage

Commencement dates:
  1. To be determined
  2. June 1, 2014 for statewide
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Liechtenstein has recognized registered partnerships since 1 September 2011.


Legislative process[edit]

A motion put forward in the Landtag by the Freie Liste party requesting that the government introduce a registered partnership law similar to Switzerland's passed on 24 October 2007 with 19 out of 25 parliamentarians voting in favour.[1][2]

In December 2009, the Minister of Justice Aurelia Frick announced that she would present draft of the registered partnership bill in January 2010.[3][4] The draft was presented in April 2010.[5][6][7] After the consulation period for the bill finished on 16 July, a few items were amended as a result of the discussion.

The registered partnership bill (Lebenspartnerschaftsgesetz) has been described as very similar to the Austrian law passed in the autumn of 2009.[8] In August 2010, the Prince regent, Alois declared his support for the bill.[9] On 23 November 2010, the Government formulated the final version of the bill,[10][11] which was approved by Parliament in the first reading on 16 December 2010.[12] It was passed in the second reading on 16 March 2011 and published on 21 March that same year.[13][14]


A group called Vox Populi (Voice of the People) announced its intention to force a referendum on the matter.[15][16] According to the Constitution, the organization had until 21 April[17] (30 days) to collect at least 1000 signaturies.[18] As the necessary signatures were gathered (1208 valid signatures), a referendum was held between 17 and 19 June 2011.[19][20] The registered partnership law was approved by 68.8 percent of those who voted and thus went into effect on 1 September 2011.[21]

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