Slovenia becomes first central European country to legalise gay marriage

Slovenia has become the first central European country to legalise same-sex marriage. The landmark bill, which was approved yesterday (March 3) by a vote of 51-28, makes Slovenia the 21st country around the world to legalise same-sex marriage for its citizens. “We commend the elected representatives of Slovenia for passing such historic legislation ensuring the nation’s LGBT citizens receive the rights they deserve, and we congratulate the LGBT activists and advocates who helped make this momentous day possible,” said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. While the vote was being carried out, over 2000 protesters stood outside Parliament and pledged to launch a petition for a referendum to stop the bill - which also legalised same-sex adoption - from being signed into law by President  Borut Pahor. Slovenia is the 11th EU nation to legalise same-sex marriage. More stories: Equalities Minister says she regrets voting against same-sex marriage Adam Lambert voted most eligible gay bachelor for second year running