(Prague) The Czech Parliament on Wednesday
overrode a presidential veto and passed a law that recognizes same-sex domestic
Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek got 101 of the 177
votes that were cast in the 200 seat parliament - the exact number needed to
override President Vaclav Klaus' veto of the bill.
The law will allow couples who register their
partnership with authorities to have inheritance and health care rights similar
to those granted now to heterosexual married couples. The law, however, does not
allow marriage or adoption of children by same-sex partners.
The legislation passed the lower house in
December and the upper house in January. Klaus vetoed the legislation last month.
Following Klaus' veto of the measure gays and
lesbians marched through the streets of Prague to the presidential palace to
Paroubek called the veto one of Klaus' biggest
errors as President.
The issue of same-sex partner rights is expected
to play a major part in the June election setting up a battle between Paroubek's
Social Democrats and Klaus' Civic Democrats.
Recent public opinion polls show most Czechs
support same-sex couples having the option of registering their partnerships.