Gay marriage legal from today in Hungary, but gap in rights persists
Couples in life partnerships to get same tax, employment and other benefits but will be barred from adopting children or taking on spouse's names.
Marchers in the 2007 Budapest Pride parade. Today marks the first day gay couples can form legal partnerships in Hungary.
Homosexual couples can forge life partnerships before public notaries from Wednesday.
These life partnerships will be guaranteed the same tax, employment, social and immigration benefits as heterosexual marriages. Gay couples will be barred from adopting children and taking their spouse's name, however.
Constitutional Court spokesman András Sereg told Magyar Hírlap that the Act, which was passed in March, can only now be challenged at the Constitutional Court.
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