Latvia: First same-sex couple registers partnership under new law

Latvia’s partnership law came into effect on 1 July 2024, allowing all couples, including same-sex couples, to register their relationships, LSM reports. A partnership is not equivalent to marriage, however. The first partnership was registered just after midnight by a same-sex couple who began their relationship in early 2019. Kaspars Zalitis of the Dzivesbiedri movement highlighted the law’s significance in recognising and protecting all families in Latvia, addressing both practical and emotional aspects of their lives.