Poland’s Supreme Court Wednesday recognized the right of gay partnerships to succeed to tenancies in this staunchly Catholic country where legislators have for years stonewalled attempts to introduce civil unions.
The court issued an interpretation of an article of Poland’s Civil Code, which states that the surviving partner in a marriage or an informal union assumes the rights of a tenant in a leased apartment.
It was asked to interpret the phrase “a person who factually remained in cohabitation with the tenant” for the purposes of an appeal lodged by a person denied tenancy by the city of Warsaw after his partner of nine years died. A district court in Warsaw, ruling in the first instance, upheld the city’s decision, saying cohabitation is understood to be a union of a man and a woman.
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