Slovenia has approved same sex-marriage. The State Chamber, Slovenia's Parliament, has approved an amendment to the family and marriage law, which grants the same rights to heterosexual and homosexual married couples with 51 votes in favor and 28 against. Under its new definition, marriage is considered as the union between two people, regardless of their gender.
The amendment presented by the United Left party will ensure that gay couples can get married and be granted the same rights and duties as heterosexuals, from a juridical, economic and social standpoint. Gay couples will as a consequence have the possibility of adopting.
The amendment was backed by MPs from the government coalition (Modern center party and Social democrats), the alliance for Alenka Bratusek, as well as by the United Left. Coalition party Desus left lawmakers free to choose how they would vote. Center-right parties (the Slovenian democratic Party and Nova Slovenija) voted against. Civil society activists opposing gay marriage have already announced they will collect signatures to call a referendum to scrap the legislation.