Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in Slovenia.

Slovenia is celebrating its first same-sex wedding after a lesbian couple tied the knot in Slovenia’s second-largest city, Maribor on Saturday.

Civil partnerships have been legal in Slovenia since 2006 but offered only limited legal rights.  

Despite Slovenia's Constitutional Court ruling in 2009 that this contravened the country's non-discrimination code, it was not until March 2015 that its parliament voted to approve same-sex marriage, but this bill was later rejected in December 2015 following a referendum.

A second bill was approved in April last year and calls for another referendum blocked.

The new marriage legislation came into effect on February 24th, 2017 with the country’s first lesbian wedding taking place the following day.

Campaigners have celebrated the news, but they argue that there’s still a long way to go until same-sex couples are afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples.

Currently, Slovenia does not allow same-sex couples to adopt nor does it give couples access to IVF. 

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