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LGBTI friendly candidate set to become first female president of Slovakia

LGBTI friendly candidate set to become first female president of Slovakia

Presidential hopeful: Caputova set to win Saturday's Slovakian elections

Zuzana Caputova, a lawyer and supporter of gay rights, could be about to become the first ever female president of Slovakia.

Caputova,won the first round of the nation’s elections two weeks ago with 40.6 per cent of the vote. This put her ahead of European Commissioner Maros Sefcovic on 18.7 per cent.

Caputova is a founding member of Progressive Slovakia, a non-parliamentary socially liberal and progressive party. She has vowed a raft of changes if elected, including broadening out equality issues within the country.

Supports same-sex partnerships

In the past, Caputova has expressed her support legalizing registered partnerships for same-sex couples. She has also given speeches tabling the possibility of LGBTI couples adopting children.

She has been quoted as saying: ”I prefer the child to have a biological mother and a biological father. If he were to grow up in institutional care, I think he’d be better off with two loving beings, even if they were of the same sex.”

Despite being a member of the European Union, Slovakia still does not offer full citizen rights to its LGBTI community. The nation has a vocal Christian movement that lobbies against more rights such as same sex marriage and adoption rights.

However, LGBTI groups are hopeful that a liberal-minded candidate such as Caputova could signal a change in the conservative nation.

“She [Caputova] started to use more inclusive language… this is a breakthrough in Slovak politics,” Martin Macko, director of Bratislava-based LGBT+ rights group Inakost, told Reuters news agency on Friday.

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