The Latvian parliament has on Thursday, June 20, rejected the draft Unmarried Couple’s Law proposed by MPs from the governing New Unity and coalition member Development/For! for the protection of cohabiting unmarried partners.
On Thursday, Saeima MPs voted down the proposal to send the bill for review in the parliament’s commissions.
Daniels Pavļuts, the leader of the liberal party alliance Attīstībai/Par!, commented on Monday, June 17, that the law would be meant for everyone in Latvia and «will not replace or endanger the concept of marriage in any way».
«We provide an additional instrument bring security to two private individuals living together», Pavļuts explained the essence of the proposed bill.
It would ensure additional security to families that are based on care for each other and a joint household, including cohabiting senior citizens.
Previous partnership offer rejected in parliament
The previous composition of the Latvian Saeima rejected a related push. The Legal Committee of the parliament decided not to pass a proposal that stipulated the introduction of partnership as a new concept of civil rights in Latvia. The Saeima upheld the committee’s decision.