CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

New Legislation in Germany Concerning Same-Sex Unions

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

2001

Publication Title

ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law

ISSN

1082-944X

Volume

7

Issue/No.

2

First Page

469

Last Page

494

Abstract

Excerpt

Various forms of legal recognition have been given to same-sex spousal relations in many nations of the European Union. At present Holland,1 Denmark,2 Sweden3 and France4 have implemented laws that Americans would find similar to the legislation concerning civil unions which came into force in Vermont in July of 2000.5 In the current year, following the lead of its Nordic neighbors, Norway6 and Sweden, Finland will likely implement legislation providing recognition in law to partnerships between two men or two women.7 This trend towards greater integration of Gays into Western European society, granting spousal rights, has been followed to a less dramatic extent even by nations that might be considered less socially liberal.

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