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Voters Say Gays and Lesbians in Liechtenstein Can Partner Legally

Voters in Liechtenstein, the tiny country wedged between Switzerland and Austria, on Sunday approved a partnership law for gay and lesbian couples, the AP reports:

Liechtenstein The government says 68.8 percent of voters approved the law in a binding referendum Sunday. About 31.2 percent voted against it.

Roman Catholic groups had challenged the law saying it would weaken traditional family ties.

Gay and lesbian couples will now be put on a par with heterosexual couples when it comes to inheritance, social security, immigration and taxation. They will still be barred from adopting children or accessing reproductive medical services.


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  1. One giant step towards equality! Not bad for a small predominantly Christian country... Congrats Liechtenstein!!!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 21, 2011 8:37:23 AM

  2. See that. The bigots always say "Let the people decide". In this case they do decide and they bigots still sue.

    Posted by: Richard | Jun 21, 2011 9:40:13 AM

  3. Totally cool!

    Posted by: rb | Jun 21, 2011 11:46:24 AM

  4. @Mike,

    ALL the major modern advances in gay civil rights have occurred in 'Christian' countries. And you can narrow that down to places with a large or majority population of people of white European descent.

    Even the places that 'celebrate' diversity the most are overwhelmingly Christian and white.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 21, 2011 12:35:17 PM

  5. A referendum generally means a special, one issue vote. This means voter turnout probably was low, even though most European countries have laws forcing people to vote. But many ignore these laws.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 21, 2011 12:38:23 PM

  6. Wrong ratbastard, the turnout was 74.2 percent. Check it at

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 21, 2011 1:49:32 PM

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