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Legal recognition of
same-sex couples
Same-sex marriage

Belgium
Canada
Netherlands
Norway

South Africa
Spain
Sweden

Performed in some jurisdictions

Mexico: DF*
United States: CT, DC*, IA, MA, NH, VT, Coquille

Recognized, not performed

Israel
United States: CA (conditional), NY

Civil unions and
registered partnerships

Andorra
Austria
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Greenland

Hungary
Iceland
Luxembourg
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Slovenia
Switzerland
Wallis and Futuna
United Kingdom
Uruguay

Performed in some jurisdictions

Argentina: BA, RC, RN, VCP
Australia: ACT, TAS, VIC
Mexico: COA
United States: CA, CO, HI, ME, NJ, NV, OR, WA, WI
Venezuela: ME

Recognized, not performed

Isle of Man (UK only)

Unregistered co-habitation

Argentina
Australia
Brazil

Croatia
Israel
Portugal

In some regions

United States: MD, RI

Status in other jurisdictions

Albania
Aruba
Bolivia
Bulgaria
Burundi
Cambodia
Chile
China (PRC)
ROC (Taiwan)
Congo (DRC)
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Estonia
European Union
Faroe Islands
Greece
Honduras
India
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey

Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Nepal
Netherlands Antilles
Nigeria
Panama
Paraguay
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Singapore
South Korea
Uganda
Ukraine
Venezuela
Vietnam

United States: AL, AS, AZ, DE, FL, GU, IL, LA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NM, NC, OH, PA, PR, RI, SC, UT, WV, WY, Native Americans

Notes

*DC (subject to Congressional review) and Mexico City same-sex marriage laws are effective from 1 March and 4 March 2010, respectively.

See also

Same-sex marriage
Same-sex marriage legislation
Timeline of same-sex marriage
Civil union
Domestic partnership
Registered partnership
Civil partnership
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In 2004, under the previous left-wing government the Senate approved a bill allowing gay and lesbian people to register their relationships as civil unions. Parties to a civil union under the bill would have been given a great range of benefits, protections and responsibilities (e.g. pension funds, joint tax and death-related benefits), currently granted only to spouses in a marriage although they would not have been allowed to adopt children. The bill lapsed in the 2005 general election.

Only two parties, Alliance of the Democratic Left-Labour Union and Social Democracy of Poland, (both Social Democrats) support the bill, while Civic Platform, League of Polish Families and Law and Justice (all conservative) opposed it. Samoobrona was indifferent and the Polish People's Party did not take a position.

The previous Polish government, led by the Law and Justice party, planned to amend the Polish constitution to constitutionally ban any recognition of same-sex relationships.

A new Registered Partnership bill was proposed to the government of Civic Platform and Polish People's Party in late 2007. However the government rejected this proposal. It was the third bill since public debate on same-sex unions had begun in 2000. The first one to recognise unregistered cohabiting couples (including same-sex) has been proposed in 2002. At present (2008) the new fourth bill on registered partnerships is being prepared by opposition Alliance of the Democratic Left. However this project has no chances to be passed in current parliament. Finally, Alliance not introduced a bill.

The next debate about the legalization of same-sex registered partnerships began in June 2009. Gay and Lesbian organisations submitted the petition on the matter to the Speaker of the Sejm Bronisław Komorowski (PO).[1] The political climate also changed, in which some politicians from the parties opposed to the legalization of same-sex unions like PO or PiS, including Jerzy Buzek (PO) and Michal Kaminski[2] (PiS), are expressing opinion about the need to regulate certain issues of the same-sex couples. Similarly, in this regard, the attitude changed also with some representatives of the church.[3] On January 2010 the opposition Alliance of the Democratic Left, in consultation with Gay and Lesbian organisations is preparing a new draft law on registered partnerships. The new bill will be modeled on the same one approved the Senate in 2004.[4]

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Public opinion

A poll taken in July 2009 found that 14% of Poles supported same-sex marriage, while 75% were opposed and 11% were not sure.[5] A 2006 Eurobarometer study found 17% support for same-sex marriage, with 76% opposed.[6]

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