Slovenia embraces Marriage Equality

Slovenia has become the first Eastern European country to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption, following a court ruled that these are rights that are protected by the constitution.

The required legislative amendment was passed by the country’s parliament in early October. This follows a decision by Slovenia’s top court in July, which found that banning same-sex marriage and adoption violated the country’s constitution, which prohibits discrimination.

This is a major step forward for the LGBTQ community in Slovenia, at a time when we are seeing a rise in nationalist conservatism across Europe and the Baltics.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Slovenia?

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Slovenia? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in Slovenia?

Yes. Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalised in 1977.

The age of consent is 15, regardless of sexuality.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Slovenia?

Yes. A court decision in 2009 confirmed that the country’s constitution bans discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

Is there Marriage Equality in Slovenia?

Yes. Legal recognition of same-sex relationships was introduced in 2006 and this has subsequently been strengthened through court decisions and legislation.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Slovenia?

Slovenia is a socially conservative country, but things to do seem to be slowly improving..

There is a visible and vibrant LGBTQ community in Ljubljana.