Two gay couples had their "weddings" in Kladno, central Bohemia, and in Ostrava, north Moravia, and a couple of lesbian women had their registered partnership ceremony in Ostrava as well.
The ever first wedding of same-sex people in the Czech Republic was that of Josef and Karel in Ostrava this morning.
"It was wonderful," said Karel. He said he and Josef have lived together for seven years now. They welcome the chance of registered partnership mainly for the sake of property.
"We've saved some money together. Now we are sure of not losing it if any of us passed away," they explained.
Their ceremony reminded of a standard wedding with decorated cars, dozens of guests, flowers and cameras.
The two "newlywed" women, Vendulka and Stepanka, said they are grateful to legislators for having passed the bill on homosexual partnership.
They said, nevertheless, that they would like it if same-sex couples were allowed to bring up children. "I hope the lawmakers will start considering it, though we won't live to see it," said Vendulka.
Josef and Karel, on their part, said they were against homosexuals bringing up children.
"Nonsense. A child should be brought up by its mother," they agreed.
Homosexual couples sought the implementation of the homosexual partnership bill for many years in the past.
A group of deputies proposed the bill for the first time in 1998. After several unsuccessful attempts, the parliament passed it only this year, overriding President Vaclav Klaus's veto.
Under the law, same-sex partners have the right to get information about each other's health state and they can inherit property like married couples can.
Like married couples, they can reject a job due to the place and the character of the other partner's job. They are bound by the duty to support and maintain each other.
Same-sex couples cannot adopt children, are not eligible to widow's or widower's pension, do not have joint property and are not subject to joint taxation.