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Equality for Same-Sex CouplesThe Legal Recognition of Gay Partnerships in Europe and the United States$
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Yuval Merin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520315

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226520339.001.0001

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Registered Partnerships in the Nordic Countries

Registered Partnerships in the Nordic Countries

(p.61) Chapter 3 Registered Partnerships in the Nordic Countries
Equality for Same-Sex Couples
University of Chicago Press

The five Nordic countries—Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland—have registered partnership acts in place. This chapter provides an overview of the history and the reform processes that led to the enactment of these laws and addresses the legislatures' objectives in enacting them. It analyzes the acts in terms of their limitations, impediments, and requirements for registration; the legal consequences and effects of registration; and the acts' provisions for dissolution of a registered partnership. The chapter also discusses the degree of involvement of the gay movement in these reforms and the arguments made by proponents of and opponents to the legislation. It gives a detailed account of the rights that are excluded from these acts as compared to the rights associated with marriage.

Keywords:   registered partnership, Nordic countries, reform process, gay movement, legislation, marriage rights

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