Why this story matters:
Slovakia is one of the last European countries in which LGBT+ people cannot register a legal partnership.
LGBT+ activists are therefore grateful to have the support of Ombudswoman Mária Patakyová, who is one of the few officials who publicly suppors Gay Pride events in Slovakia.
"If I did not support Pride, I would betray [my position as] a public defender of rights," said Patakyová.
Last year she was criticized by Parliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko (head of the Slovak National Party), who publicly asked her to remove the rainbow flag from the window of her office and to not join the Pride in her official role as an ombudswoman, but just as a private person.
She did not obey his request.
Details from the story:
- The upcoming Pride march will take place on July 14, 2018.
- Last year Patakyová put the rainbow flag in the window of her office and gave a speech at the march. She was criticized by the Slovak National Party (SNS) then, too. However, coalition parties offered neither criticism, nor support for the ombudswoman. They stayed silent.
- SNS has no opportunity to politically punish her for her statements.