Most Slovaks support partnerships for everyone

Support for partnerships has increased.

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"All couples that do not want to or cannot enter marriage, including same-sex couples, should be able to enter a life partnership like a bond recognised by the state. (They could then settle their mutual rights and duties and take care of each other)."

The results of the poll conducted by the AKO polling agency for the Dúhový PRIDE Bratislava organisation advocating LGBTI rights has shown that more than 57 percent of inhabitants in Slovakia support life partnerships for all couples. The poll was conducted on a representative sample of 1,000 respondents.

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Slovakia is one of the remaining six countries of the EU that do not recognise partnerships for same-sex couples, the organisation noted in its press release. The platform Life Partnerships that includes NGOs promoting registered partnerships for all couples and that emerged in 2015, proposes that partnerships be open for both same-sex and heterosexual couples.

The number of people supporting the idea has risen compared to the previous poll, which the Focus polling agency conducted in August 2015, and in which 50.4 percent of those polled said they approved of partnerships as proposed.

The support for life partnerships is even higher among young people: 61.5 percent among the group of 18-33 years old agree with life partnerships.

"It turns out that the public support for life partnerships is increasing despite the significant smear campaign and inactivity of politicians," said Martin Macko from the Otherness initiative. He stressed that the law to introduce the partnerships does not require any changes in the laws or in the constitutional protection of marriages.

"Today, politicians can no longer use the lack of public support as an excuse for their inactivity," Macko said.

The poll also asked respondents about the threats towards families, which they perceive as the biggest in Slovakia. The ranking was topped by the high costs of housing, unemployment rate, and parents leaving their families to work abroad. The list continues with alcoholism, low parental allowance and low allowance per child, and then registered partnerships.

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