Czech Republic: Gays, lesbians launching campaign for marriage

Czech homosexuals and lesbians, associated in the Coalition for Marriage (KZM), have launched a campaign We Are Fair in support of same-sex marriages, KZM activist Adela Horakova told journalists on Friday.

They want to set in motion a debate on whether two men and two women can enter into the traditional marital union.

Horakova said the KZM hoped Czech parties would think of the idea and support it.

Earlier on Friday, the German Bundestag approved same-sex marriages and adoption of children.

Horakova pointed out that German Social Democrats and a part of Christian Democrats had supported the same-sex marriages.

In the Czech Republic, registered partnership of homosexual couples was introduced in 2006.

She said in the Czech Republic, the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) and Social Democrats (CSSD) had not voted even for a registered partner being able to adopt the partner's descendant, thanks to which a child would have two parents officially.

"We hope that all parties in the Czech Republic, including the CSSD and KDU-CSL, will think about the developments in Germany and fight for the rights of their voters indiscriminately, which means including gays and lesbians. They should support the idea that love is only one, due to which gays and lesbians should have a chance of confirming their relationship by marriage," Horakova said. Read more via Prague Monitor