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Hungary: Same-Sex Partnership Law Struck Down

(Dec. 31, 2008) On December 15, 2008, the Constitutional Court of Hungary ruled that a 2007 law, which would have recognized civil partnerships between same-sex couples and unmarried couples and given them related rights, “diminishes the importance of marriage,” and struck it down. (Jaclyn Belczyk, Hungary Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Partnership Law, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST, Dec. 16, 2008, available at
.) Scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2009, the law would have given such couples the same rights in matters of inheritance, taxation, and finance as those of married heterosexual couples. (Mike Rosen-Molina, Hungarian Parliament Allows Same-Sex Domestic Partnerships, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST, Dec. 18, 2008, available at
; Law No. 184 of 2007 [on registered partnerships] (in Hungarian), Hungarian Ministry of Justice website,
(last visited Dec. 23, 2008).) Nevertheless, it seems that new legislation will be drafted to provide benefits for domestic partners while conforming to the Court's decision. (Belczyk, supra.)