Nearly 500 Czech Gay Couples Have Registered

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San Diego, Calif. – By the end of last year, 487 same-sex couples had taken advantage of the Czech Republic's registered-partnership law, the Czech News Agency reported Jan. 28.

Gay male partnerships outnumbered lesbian couplings 353 to 134.

Eight of the couples later cancelled their registrations.

The law took effect in July 2006 after the Chamber of Deputies overrode President Vaclav Klaus’ veto of it.

The statute grants many of the rights and obligations of marriage but withholds equality in the areas of adoption, pensions, taxation and joint ownership of property.

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