Government launches third attempt to legalise same-sex marriage

27-02-2001

The Cabinet approved a draft law on Monday which - if passed by parliament - would give homosexual partners the same legal rights as married couples, with the exception of raising children and sharing a common surname. But while Czech society is extremely tolerant - some might say apathetic - when it comes to sexual matters, two similar bills have already been defeated in parliament. They failed largely due to efforts by the right-of-centre Christian Democrats - the country's only religious political party - who bitterly oppose legalisation of same-sex marriage on moral grounds. But as Dita Asiedu discovered when she spoke to sex therapist Petr Weiss, it's probably only a matter of time before the law is passed.

But do the Czech people agree? Dita went out onto the streets of Prague to find out.