Recognition of same-sex unions in Albania

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Legal status of same-sex unions

* Not yet in effect, but automatic deadline set by judicial body for same-sex marriage to become legal

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Laws regarding same-sex partnerships in Europe¹
  Civil union
  Limited domestic recognition (cohabitation)
  Limited foreign recognition (residency rights)
  Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples
¹ May include recent laws or court decisions that have not yet entered into effect.

Same-sex unions are not currently recognized in Albania.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha announced in a cabinet meeting on 29 July 2009 that the government would push for a law that recognises marriages between partners of the same sex. He said that the law had already been put to parliament.[1][2][3]

On 5 February 2010 the Albanian parliament passed an anti-discrimination law which banned discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.[4][5] Gay rights groups praised the new law but said they hoped that Berisha would eventually keep his promise on legalising same-sex marriage.[6]

Igli Totozani, the then People's Advocate, announced on October 2013 that he would be drafting a bill for parliament to debate on changes to the family code that would allow for same-sex marriage to be introduced.[7] But as of 2019 no change has happened, with LGBT activists criticising the inaction of the government. [8]

In April 2018, Erinda Balanca, the current People's Advocate, came out in support of same-sex marriage and pledged to support LGBT rights.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Albania To Legalize Gay Marriage
  2. ^ Albania 'to approve gay marriage'
  3. ^ Albania Preparing to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
  4. ^ "No gay marriage for Albania". Pink News. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Albanian Gay Rights Law, Minus Marriage". The Advocate. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Gays content with rights law". The Straits Times. Reuters. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  7. ^ Totozani: Të lejohen martesat “gej”,, 26 October 2013, in Albanian
  8. ^ ""Martesat gay", homoseksualët zbardhin tradhtinë e Ramës: Do ta ndëshkojmë". Agjencia e Lajmeve SOT NEWS. 2016-08-14. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  9. ^ ""M'u vu me dhunë mikrofoni para fytyrës", Ballanca tregon pse është pro martesave Gay". Oranews. Retrieved 2018-04-06.