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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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Venezuela recognizes neither same-sex marriages nor any form of registered partnership. Venezuela is one of the few South American nations not to have any form of legal recognition for same-sex couples, though the National Assembly is in the process of implanting a law that establishes civil unions for same-sex couples.

South America      Same-sex marriage      Other type of partnership      Unregistered cohabitation      Unrecognized or unknown      No recognition, issue under consideration      No recognition, only same-sex marriage officially banned      No recognition, all types of partnerships officially banned      Homosexuality illegal

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Court challenges

2003 — A gay NGO called Union Afirmativa (Affirmative Union) submitted an Appeal to the Supreme Court in order to get legal recognition of economic rights (pensions, inheritance, social security, common household, etc)for same sex partners. The ruling, issued on February 28th, 2008, despite recognizing that "same sex partners enjoy all of the rights, civil, political and economic, social and cultural rights- have not such "special protection" which could be binding for the Venezuelan state, in the same terms than married couples have. Notwithstanding this, the National Assembly "can" (but is not bound to) legislate in order to protect such rights for homosexual partners.[1]

Civil Unions

Civil unions are currently not recognized nationwide, though the state of Mérida recognizes same-sex civil unions.[2][3][4]

On March 20, 2009, Chamber of Deputies member Romelia Matute announced that the National Assembly would legalize homosexual unions and recognize them as asociaciones de convivencia (association by cohabitation).[5] However, later in the same month, Marelys Pérez—chairperson of the Family, Women and Youth Commission—announced that no such action would be taking place. However, Pérez added that the Commission would debate the same-sex partnership initiative, though exclude it from the current bill and likely wait for its inclusion into a future Civil Code reform or a future updated anti-discrimination measure.[6]

The National Assembly currently debates a civil union bill. In addition to allowing for same-sex civil unions, the bill would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. President Hugo Chavez has voiced his support for the bill. The bill has passed its first hearing in the National Assembly of Venezuela, and if it passes its second, it will become law.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Gay Politics in Venezuela
  2. ^ Venezuela: Situation and treatment of homosexuals; recourse available to those who have been harassed based on their sexual orientation (2004 - February 2006)
  3. ^ Venezuela's sexual revolution
  4. ^ Venezuela’s Sexual Revolution Within the Revolution
  5. ^ Venezuela: Same-sex partnerships on fast track to being legally recognized, says legislator
  6. ^ Same-Sex Unions Not On the Table After All?
  7. ^ Venezuelan government moves to establish greater LGBT rights







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