Partnership law initiative shut down at first hurdle in Latvia

The Saeima committee on mandates, ethics and submissions has shut down a public initiative to introduce a civil partnership law allowing same-sex people to be registered as a couple.

Committee MP Raivis Dzintars (National Alliance) asked to dismiss the initiative, while its head Vitālijs Orlovs (Harmony) wanted to submit it to the human rights and public affairs committee.

Five out of the nine present committee MPs voted to shut down the initiative. Two voted against, and two 'abstained'. 

In particular, Raivis Dzintars, Janīna Kursīte-Pakule (National Alliance), as well as Aldis Adamovičs (Unity), Ivars Brīvers, and Rihards Melgailis (Regional Alliance) voted to shut down the initiative. While Zenta Tretjaka and Vitālijs Orlovs (Harmony) voted for; and Ainars Latkovskis (Unity) and Andris Siliņš (Greens and Farmers Union) chose to 'abstain'. 

The initiative had collected more than 10,000 signatures at the Manabalss.lv public initiative portal within three years, and it was submitted to the Saeima by its author Juris Pūce (Latvian Development). 

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