Human Rights Office backs gay, lesbian rights

  • 1999-10-07
  • Sandra L. Medearis
RIGA - Latvia's National Human Rights Office has drafted a bill that would allow same-sex couples to receive the same rights as married couples.Although the gay and lesbian partners would not be considered married in the eyes of Latvia's government, the Human Rights Office says the bill will allow for the legal registry of same-sex relationships. Refusal to do so, the office says, is a violation of human rights.Latvia's civil law that forbids same-sex marriages will stay on the books. Currently there are no legal alternatives for same-gender commitments."It will show that the government doe...
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