4. Except as otherwise provided in this Law, a Civil Union concluded under the provisions of this Law, with the exception of the Adoption Law, shall, mutatis mutandis, have the corresponding effects and consequences as if a marriage had taken place under the provisions of the Marriage Law and any reference to the legislation of the Republic to a "spouse" will be interpreted as a reference to a partner in Civil Union.
That's what happened then.
Since then we have had about 1700 Civil Unions, of which only 10% were among same-sex couples. Really, none of the hazards we heard were verified. Literally none. So much was heard but in essence all that was achieved was to help roughly 170 same-sex couples in 5 years to resolve practical problems they were facing due to discrimination.
It is now clear that the law on Political Union needs to be changed, as well as the need to train officials who, due to ignorance, are unable to handle same-sex couples and often give incorrect information. It is understandable that the next step has been reached, which will be based on our experience of the last 5 years.
It is also time to officially open the chapter of Civil Marriage for all couples and with it the issue of childbearing. The best interests of the child must prevail over the personal attachments of anyone, and the false impression that a same-sex couple are "worse" parents than a heterosexual must finally stop.