Recognition of same-sex unions in Liechtenstein

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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 Free List 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]


Eleven registered partnerships were performed in the first two years, following the entry into force of the law.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marriage and partnership rights for same-sex partners: country-by-country". Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. 
  2. ^ (German) Motion
  3. ^ (German) Liechtensteiner Parlament soll im Sommer über Homo-Ehe debattieren
  4. ^ (German) Liechtenstein: Homo-Ehe kommt nächstes Jahr
  5. ^ (German) Vernehmlassungsbericht der Regierung betreffend die Schaffung eines Gesetzes über die eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft gleichgeschlechtlicher Paare (LEBENSPARTNERSCHAFTSGESETZ; LPARTG) sowie die Abänderung weiterer Gesetze
  6. ^ (German) Liechtenstein macht den Weg frei für homosexuelle Partnerschaften
  7. ^ (German) Liechtenstein will Homo-Ehe erlauben
  8. ^ (German) In Liechtenstein endete am Freitag die Beratungsfrist für eine Einführung der Eingetragenen Lebenspartnerachaft
  9. ^ (German) Erbprinz für eingetragene Partnerschaft
  10. ^ (German) Partnerschaftsgesetz verabschiedet
  11. ^ (German) Partnerschaftsgesetz verabschiedet
  12. ^ (German) Homo-Partnerschaft kommt voran
  13. ^ (German) Ja zur eingetragenen Partnerschaft
  14. ^ (German) Landtag einhellig für Partnerschaftsgesetz
  15. ^ (German) VOX POPULI
  16. ^ (German) Partnerschaftsgesetz: Doch noch Widerstand
  17. ^ (German) Liebe ist ein Menschenrecht
  18. ^ Constitution of the Principality of Liechtenstein
  19. ^ (German) Partnerschaftsgesetz: Volk entscheidet Mitte Juni
  20. ^ (German) Liechtensteiner stimmen im Juni über Homo- Ehe ab
  21. ^ "68,8 % Ja-Stimmen für Partnerschaftsgesetz". Liechtensteiner Volksblatt (in German). 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  22. ^ (German) Elf eingetragene Partnerschaften in Vaduz geschlossen

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