The Rights of LGBT Couples Around The World
EURO-LETTER, No. 77, February 2000: Historic Vote at
the Council of Europe Proposes Measure to Counter Homophobia;
A Report on Latvia (a partnership bill, constitution includes
sexual orientation, and draft labor code includes sexual orientation); Britain
Lifts Military Ban; Ukraine Allows State Registration of A Gay
And Lesbian Centre
The Euro-Letter is published on behalf of ILGA-Europe - The European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association by Gay and Lesbian International Lobby in co-operation with The Danish National Association for Gays and Lesbians. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.steff.suite.dk You can receive Euro-Letter by e-mail by sending an empty message to email@example.com and from no 30 onwards the Euro-Letters are available on the Internet at http://www.steff.suite.dk/eurolet.htm and
at http://www.france.qrd.org/assocs/ilga/euroletter.html Documents relating to ILGA-Europe can be found at ILGA-Europe's homepage http://www.steff.suite.dk/ilgaeur/ An update of the Survey on the Legal Situation for Gays and Lesbians in Europe can be found at http://www.steff.suite.dk/survey.htm A description of partnership laws and other laws regarding same-sex partners can be found at http://www.steff.suite.dk/partner.htm
January 14, 2000: Britain has just lifted the ban on gays in the military.
Here are some web sites that survey the international
situation, including the new domestic partnership law in France (the
Pact Civil d'Solidarite). An update of the Survey on the Legal
Situation for Gays and Lesbians in Europe can be found at http://www.steff.suite.dk/survey.htm
A description of partnership laws and other laws regarding same-sex partners
can be found at http://www.steff.suite.dk/partner.htm
For a French language account go to d'Solidarite at http://www.france.qrd.org/actualites/991015/index.html
The full text of the law and more information can be found in the France QRD
at the URL http://www.France.QRD.org/texts/partnership
The French courts have now ruled the PaC as constitutional, which means
that they should take effect soon; go to France
for the November 9, 1999 AP story on this.
overview article appeared on the web at Gay
Financial News on July 19, 1999. The good countries are Denmark
(including Greenland), Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Hungary
and The Netherlands, but one of the two persons must be a citizen and
some rights of marriage are not available. Immigration issues are a
real mess, but some countries can be friendly without having marriage rights
(Canada, New Zealand and Australia).
Namibia's high court has ruled that gay and lesbian
couples have exactly the same rights in the country as heterosexual couples;
reported June 25, 1999, by the Associated Press.
government expects to consider the Swedish style of "almost
marriage" this year (Reuters, June 3, 1999).
South Africa's government has yet to decide how to reconcile its constitution, which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and current law which reserves marriage to heterosexual couples.