Latvia’s Constitutional Court on April 9 issued a ruling on inheritance rights that will put more pressure on the Baltic country’s lawmakers to legalize civil partnerships for both same sex and opposite-sex couples and to thereby recognize same sex families.

The ruling declared unconstitutional and discriminatory higher fees charged for registering real property (buildings, land and residences) granted by bequest (in a will) to a same-sex partner or unmarried opposite sex partner. Spouses and certain categories of legal heirs (children, siblings and other relatives entitled to inherit by law) are charged far less for registering real estate they inherit.


Juris Kaža

A freelance journalist based in Riga, Latvia who has covered the country and region for 20 years. Speak native Latvian and English, fluent Swedish and German.

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