Recognition of same-sex unions in Serbia

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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.

Serbia currently does not have any form of legal recognition available for same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage was constitutionally banned in 2006 when a new constitution was drafted that explicitly defined marriage as "a union between a man and a woman" — found in Article 62. However, Serbia neither permits nor bans civil unions or any form of domestic partnership.[1]

In January 2011 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave permission to the British Embassy in Belgrade to conduct a British Civil Partnership ceremony between two Britons or a Briton and a non-Serbian national. The French Embassy in Belgrade also offers Pact Civil to French citizens and their foreign partners.

In May 2013, it was announced that a draft law on same-sex partnerships would be introduced to the Serbian Parliament on 4 June. The law would allow hospital visitation and pension inheritance rights for same-sex partners, although it is not known whether this would be in the form of unregistered cohabitation or registered partnership.[2]

In November 2015, the leader of SDS (and former president) Boris Tadić expressed his support for same-sex marriage and adoption.[3]

In June 2019, plans were announced to legalise domestic partnerships between same-sex couples by amending the Civil Code. Same-sex couples will be able to have joint property and the right to support each other and the right to alimony during their lifetime and after the partnership has ceased to exist. They can also conclude property contracts and regulate their property relations. However they will still have no right to inherit, nor to adopt children or have surrogacy arrangements.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ Serbian Constitution Archived 2010-11-27 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Serbia Mulls Offering Rights to Gay Couples". Balkan Insight. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
  3. ^ "Korigujem stav o gej parovima".
  4. ^ "Gej vanbračnim zajednicama priznaće se imovinska prava". GayEcho. 2019-06-05. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
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