EQUAL MARRIAGE

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Six Czech non-profit organizations with LGBT outreach – Prague Pride, PROUD, Logos ČR, Mezipatra, Amnesty International and Queer Geography – have formed a coalition to push together for gay and lesbian marriage rights in the Czech Republic. The campaign Jsme fér (We are fair), which opened the topic of discrepancies in the rights of heterosexual and homosexual couples, started in the spring of 2017. 

Till spring 2018, the initiative collected over 70,000 signatures on a marriage equality petition. More than a hundred signature collection points sprung up across the country. On May 1, the Jsme fér initiative successfully held an event to bake the country’s biggest wedding cake, which was recorded in the Czech book of records.

In June 2018, a group of 42 MPs from six political parties introduced an amendment of the law opening marriage to gay and lesbian couples. The proposal was backed by the government. The Lower Chamber of the Czech Parliament started the discussion in November 2018 and reopened it in March 2019. Since then Jsme fér initiative has been pushing MPs to do their job and take a vote in order to send the amendment to the second reading. 

The Jsme fér initiative has been supported with video messages and signatures by Czech personalities such as actress Simona Stašová, singer Petra Janů, actors Jan Cina a Petr Vančura, actor Lukáš Hejlík and his wife, model Veronika Hejlíková, stand-up comedian and moderator Adéla Elbel, singer Ilona Csáková and others. Several companies and organizations have also come out in support of the campaign.

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