Recognition of same-sex unions in Serbia

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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 only
  3. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage
  4. When performed in the Netherlands proper

* Not yet in effect

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  Foreign marriages recognized
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  Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples

Includes laws that have not yet gone into effect.

Serbia currently does not have any form of legal recognition available for same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage was constitutionally banned in 2006 when a new constitution was drafted that explicitly defined marriage as "a union between a man and a woman" — found in Article 62. However, Serbia neither permits nor bans civil unions or any form of domestic partnership.[1]

In January 2011 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave permission to the British Embassy in Belgrade to conduct a British Civil Partnership ceremony between two Britons or a Briton and a non-Serbian national. The French Embassy in Belgrade also offers Pact Civil to French citizens and their foreign partners.

In May 2013, it was announced that a draft law on same-sex partnerships would be introduced to the Serbian Parliament on 4 June. The law would allow hospital visitation and pension inheritance rights for same-sex partners, although it is not known whether this would be in the form of unregistered cohabitation or registered partnership.[2]

In November 2015, the leader of SDS (and former president) Boris Tadić expressed his support for same-sex marriage and adoption.[3] The leader of the "Dosta je bilo" movement Saša Radulović also supports it. Another party, DS expressed its potential support for the legal recognition of same-sex unions.[4]


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