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Senate considers ‘loyalty’ award for lasting marriages


Daniela Kovářová, Photo: Luděk Kovář, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Do couples who have lived hand in hand for 50, 60, 70 years deserve an award? Senators Daniela Kovažova and Zitka Chalankova think so and are proposing it as a good way for the Senate to express its support for traditional family values. That’s where the catch lies – how “fidelity” is defined under the proposal and doesn’t really support the traditional family model, which is a veiled assault on relationships that don’t fit that slot. mosquito?

The proposal has already sparked controversy in the Senate subcommittee on family affairs. Christian Democrat Senator Jizzy Tsunek thinks it’s a good initiative because it boosts the traditional family model, which he says is under threat due to the collapse of society’s core values.

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“The basic unit of the state is the family, that is, men, women and their children. It is the only unit that can reproduce itself and thus sustain the state and the state. This family believes that the model is most favorable to the state, and the state has no real means of supporting it.”

Adela Sipova | Photo: Pilacka Strana, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

Pirate Party Senator Adela Sipova, who is on the same subcommittee, sees these arguments as highly discriminatory.

“Married couples are only a subset of the families that exist in our country. There are many couples who are loyal to each other. As a lawyer, I disagree with defining a family as “men, women, and children.” There are different types of families – grandmothers caring for grandchildren, single-parent families and childless couples, all of which must be protected.

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Efforts to give the LGBT community equal rights in the form of formal marriage and other legislative reforms have sparked criticism from conservative lawmakers, but it is unlikely that the Senate or House will reward “traditional families.” There has never been a discussion about the “model”. Senator Sipova says the Senate has more important issues to consider.

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“What families need is not awards, but good conditions to grow according to their needs, abilities and desires. Minority issues, including community issues.

Meanwhile, the Czechs are already joking about the proposal that the Senate plans to submit. One of his caricatures published in the Czech press shows a married couple having a fuss that ends with the wife saying: “You feel so lucky that I want that award.”.

https://english.radio.cz/senate-consider-handing-out-fidelity-awards-long-lasting-marriages-8767685 Senate considers ‘loyalty’ award for lasting marriages

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