Recognition of same-sex unions in Bulgaria

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Legal status of same-sex unions
  1. Marriages performed in some municipalities and recognized by the state
  2. For some purposes, from all jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal
  3. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage
  4. When performed in the Netherlands proper
  5. Registration schemes opened in all jurisdictions except Hualien County, Penghu County, Taitung County, and Yunlin County

* Not yet in effect

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Bulgaria does not recognize any type of same-sex unions. In 2008 and 2009 there were many debates on several national TV stations on the subject with the participation of politicians, religious leaders, gay activists and others individuals. The subjects of same-sex marriage, same-sex registered partnerships, adopting children by same sex couples were discussed frequently over the past one year. As of April 2009, there is a debate about introducing same-sex registered partnerships in Bulgaria. The government has suggested that the National Assembly of Bulgaria (Parliament) should vote in favor of the new Family Code. The new bill was supposed to introduce the registered partnerships.[1]

However, these unions were not to benefit same-sex couples. However, on July 16, 2008, the commission for protection against discrimination in Bulgaria suggested that the right to registered unions should be extended to same-sex couples as well.[2] Overall, on June 12, 2009, after two years of debating, the new Family code was passed without the section about registered partnership for both same - and opposite-sex couples.[citation needed]

The Constitution of Bulgaria defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, effectively prohibiting legalization of same-sex marriage.[3]

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  1. ^ [1][dead link][dead link]
  2. ^ "Controversy as Bulgarian Parliament debates new Family Code". 
  3. ^ Bulgaria - Constitution

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