Entry #98: Same-sex marriage in Bulgaria

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RegionBulgaria
IssueSame-sex marriage
StatusUnrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned
Start Datepast
End Datenow
DescriptionBulgaria does not recognise same-sex marriages including foreign ones.
Sourceshttps://www.rferl.org/a/bulgaria-violated-rights-same-sex-couple-echr/32579679.html
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "Should be "not legal", there is constitutional ban, right?"


Revision History (27)

Revision by akiza. The previous enry was false. EU laws do not make foreign same-sex marriages legal.

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueForeign same-sex marriages recognized onlyUnrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned
Start Date2007(NONE)
NoteUnder EU Laws, all member states including Bulgaria have to recognise foreign same sex marriagesBulgaria does not recognise same-sex marriages including foreign ones.
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Under EU Laws, all member states including Bulgaria have to recognise foreign same sex marriages does not recognise same-sex marriages including foreign ones.
Sourceshttps://www.ilga-europe.org/report/rainbow-europe-2023/ https://www.rferl.org/a/bulgaria-violated-rights-same-sex-couple-echr/32579679.html
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https://www.ilga-europe.org/report/rainbow-europe-2023/ https://www.rferl.org/a/bulgaria-violated-rights-same-sex-couple-echr/32579679.html

Revision by Canadianstudent03. Making this change due to overlap

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Start Date19912007

Revision by Canadianstudent03. Making this change because it’s incorrect

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ValueNot legalForeign same-sex marriages recognized only
NoteSince 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria.

A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.

In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January.

In Bulgaria, there have been some debates to recognise Civil unions. However, none have seem to pass.
Under EU Laws, all member states including Bulgaria have to recognise foreign same sex marriages
Show Difference
Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there. In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January. In Bulgaria, there have been some debates to recognise Civil unions. However, none have seem to pass. Under EU Laws, all member states including Bulgaria have to recognise foreign same sex marriages

Revision by Vito12. Adding info

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Start Date19991991

Revision by Vito12. Adding info

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Start DateJul 25, 20191999

Revision by Vito12. Adding more info

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NoteSince 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria.

A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.

In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January.

Same-sex relationships in Bulgaria are also not recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. There have been Civil union debates however none have passed.
Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria.

A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.

In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January.

In Bulgaria, there have been some debates to recognise Civil unions. However, none have seem to pass.
Show Difference
Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there. In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January. Same-sex relationships in Bulgaria are also not recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. There have been Civil union debates however none have passed. January. In Bulgaria, there have been some debates to recognise Civil unions. However, none have seem to pass.

Revision by Vito12. More info

Old Value New Value
NoteSince 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria.

A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.
Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria.

A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.

In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January.

Same-sex relationships in Bulgaria are also not recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. There have been Civil union debates however none have passed.
Show Difference
Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there. there. In 2017, a Bulgarian same-sex couple, who married in the United Kingdom, filed a lawsuit in order to have their marriage recognised. The Sofia Administrative Court rejected their case in January. Same-sex relationships in Bulgaria are also not recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. There have been Civil union debates however none have passed.

Revision by Vito12. Making this change because it is not correct.

Old Value New Value
NoteSince 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria.

A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.
Show Difference
Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships. Neither foreign same-sex marriages are recognised in the Republic of Bulgaria. A couple, an Australian woman and her French wife, had married in France in 2016, but were denied residency in Bulgaria a year later when they attempted to move there.

Revision by Vito12. Making this change because it is not correct.

Old Value New Value
NoteMarriage is defined between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage constitutionally banned. No recognition of same-sex couples. Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships.
Show Difference
Marriage is defined between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage constitutionally banned. No recognition of same-sex couples. Since 1991, Article 46 of the Bulgarian Constitution has defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, therefore banning same-sex marriage. There is no recognition of same-sex relationships.

Revision by Vito12. Making this change because it is not correct.

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NoteMarriage is defined between a man and a womanMarriage is defined between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage constitutionally banned. No recognition of same-sex couples.
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Marriage is defined between a man and a woman woman. Same-sex marriage constitutionally banned. No recognition of same-sex couples.

Revision by Vito12. Making this change because it is not correct.

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ValueUnrecognizedNot legal
NoteSame-sex marriage is constitutionally banned, though foreign marriages not recognised or anymoreMarriage is defined between a man and a woman
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Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned, though foreign marriages not recognised or anymore Marriage is defined between a man and a woman

Revision by Vito12. Making this change because it is not correct.

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ValueForeign same-sex marriages recognized onlyUnrecognized
NoteSame-sex marriage is constitutionally banned, though foreign marriages are recognised under EU law Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned, though foreign marriages not recognised or anymore
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Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned, though foreign marriages are recognised under EU law not recognised or anymore

Revision by Canadianstudent03. though foreign marriages are recognised under EU law

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ValueUnrecognizedForeign same-sex marriages recognized only
NoteSame-sex marriage is constitutionally banned. Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned, though foreign marriages are recognised under EU law
Show Difference
Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned. banned, though foreign marriages are recognised under EU law
Sourceshttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Bulgariahttps://www.ilga-europe.org/report/rainbow-europe-2023/
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Bulgaria https://www.ilga-europe.org/report/rainbow-europe-2023/

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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ValueNot legalUnrecognized

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

Old Value New Value
ValueUnrecognizedNot legal

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

Old Value New Value
ValueNot legalUnrecognized

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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ValueUnrecognizedNot legal

Revision by Vito12. I changed this because it was incorrect information

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ValueForeign same-sex marriages recognized onlyUnrecognized
NoteMarriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage, but it is a limited recognition.Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned.
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Marriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage, but it is a limited recognition. Same-sex marriage is constitutionally banned.
Sourceshttp://www.parliament.bg/en/consthttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Bulgaria
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http://www.parliament.bg/en/const https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Bulgaria

Revision by XabBG. Forgein same sex civil marriages are recognized in Bulgaria with residence purposes

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ValueUnrecognizedForeign same-sex marriages recognized only
Start DateJul 13, 1991Jul 25, 2019
Reports (8)
  • Newer law has been passed "Same sex marriage is banned. "
  • Newer law has been passed "Bulgaria has banned same sex marriage and does not recognise any foreign look here for proof and see same sex marriage in bulgaria is constitutionaly banned https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Bulgaria "
  • Newer law has been passed "Gay marriage is constitutionaly banned "
  • Newer law has been passed "In bulgaria it's unrecognised/not legal "
  • Date is incorrect
  • Status is not correct "Gay marriage is not legal in bulgaria"
  • Status is not correct "It's fully illegal for gay marriage in bulgaria"
  • Date is incorrect "There are only a few occasions of foreign same-sex marriage recognition in Bulgaria. In most of the cases, same sex maariages are NOT recognised by Bulgarian court."

Revision by XabBG

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NoteMarriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage.Marriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage, but it is a limited recognition.
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Marriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage. marriage, but it is a limited recognition.

Revision by XabBG

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ValueForeign same-sex marriages recognized onlyUnrecognized

Revision by XabBG

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Value(REMOVED)Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
Value SpecialAmbiguous(REMOVED)

Revision by amogusxab

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Value SpecialN/AAmbiguous

Revision by amogusxab

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Value SpecialAmbiguousN/A

Revision by amogusxab

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ValueUnregistered cohabitation(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)Ambiguous

Revision by XabBG

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ValueOther type of partnershipUnregistered cohabitation
NoteMarriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitutionMarriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage.
Show Difference
Marriage is defined as a union between a male and a female in the Bulgarian constitution constitution. However, there is recognition of residence for foreign marriage.

Revision by XabBG

Old Value (Original) New Value
ValueNot legalOther type of partnership
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "No same-sex marriage has been recognised in Bulgaria so far even foreign same-sex marriages."

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