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Same-sex couple gets parental leave for the first time in Latvia

The same-sex couple, whose right to parental leave was recently granted by the Constitutional Court, has on December 9 received approval for the payment of the relevant allowance.

Thus, part of the Constitutional Court judgment on the rights of all families is fulfilled.

As reported, the Constitutional Court had received an appeal from a mother whose female partner was unable to receive the ten-day leave which, according to Labor Act, is to be granted to the child's father. The Court ruled this part of Labor Act to be unconstitutional and said that the Constitution sets the state's obligation to protect the family of same-sex partners as well.

Today Evita Goša, the mother's partner, has written on Facebook: "Without additional delays, I have become the first woman in the history of Latvia to go on leave in accordance with Section 155, first paragraph, of the Labor Act,” writes Goša.

Thus, the part of the Court judgment concerning the applicant's complaint is fulfilled. At the same time, the judgment concluded that the State was obliged to protect and support same-sex partners. The legislator is given time by the middle of 2022 to implement it.

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