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no partnerships at swedish embassy, 04/96
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 10:21:53 +0200 (MET DST)
From: email@example.com (Bjoern Skolander)
Subject: French No to Same-Sex Partnerships at Swedish Embassy
French No to Same-Sex Partnerships at Swedish Embassy
Swedish same-sex couples who want to register their partnerships at the
Swedish Embassy in Paris can forget all about it. The French Ministry for
Foreign Affairs has prohibited registration ceremonies there - in spite of
the fact that the embassy area is regarded as Swedish territory.
In a letter to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm the French
authorities are referring to their national legislation. France does not as
Sweden recognize marrige-like same-sex partnerships.
- France bases its decision on the 5th article of the Vienna
Convention/Treaty, which allows them to deny an embassy certain consular
functions, says Ulrika Laang at the press office at the Ministry for Foreign
Affairs in Stockholm.
The Embassy in Paris is a popular place for Swedish couples to marry,
especially in springtime.
- We marry three couples every second week, and have a large number of
couples on our waiting list, says press officer Nina Ersman at the Paris
Even same-sex couples are contacting us. But as the French Ministry for
Foreign Affairs has dealt with the issue for more than one year, no
partnership has yet could be registered at the embassy.
The Swedish Partnership Law came in force 1 January 1995. More than 400
couples have registered, about 75% of these are male couples.
SOURCE: Dagens Nyheter 3 April 1996
Translated by Bjoern Skolander <firstname.lastname@example.org>