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Dentons supports Czech marriage equality campaign

19.09.2018
Company: Dentons Europe CS LLP, organizační složka

Dentons’ Prague office has formally pledged its support for the Czech marriage equality campaign. The campaign, "We Are Fair" (Jsme fér), aims to secure the right for gays and lesbians in the Czech Republic to get married.

Dentons has a solid track record of supporting marriage equality, having publicly pledged its support for similar campaigns in the US (see here) and Australia (see here).

The Czech campaign was launched in April 2017 by five non-profit organizations including Amnesty International, Mezipatra queer film festival, LOGOS (LGBTQ+ believers), Prague Pride and PROUD. It has secured over 70 000 signatures for a petition requesting marriage equality which has been submitted to the Czech Parliament. A bill introducing marriage equality was filed in the Czech Parliament in June this year and has been approved by the government. The bill is now awaiting its first reading, which may occur as early as September this year. If passed, the Czech Republic would be the first country in the CEE region to introduce equal marriage.

Adéla Horáková, Advocacy Director at Jsme fér and a former Dentons lawyer, said,  "We are thrilled that Dentons has decided to join other leading global businesses - such as Vodafone, Google, Bosch, Česká spořitelna (Erste group), HBO and many others - in publicly supporting the idea that it is only fair that gays and lesbians should get the same treatment as everyone else and be allowed to get married."

In July 2018, Dentons was named one of Stonewall's Top Global Employers 2018, in recognition of its strong culture of inclusion for members of the LGBT community. The firm is one of just 13 organizations around the globe to feature on this year's list.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com.

Dentons’ global statement on diversity and inclusion

At Dentons, we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to the success and strength of our Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, faith, religion or spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, we create a dynamic and inclusive work environment that is critical to our success.

Through our Global Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, we are working to support diversity and create a workplace that reflects the environment in which we and our globally diverse clients operate. We measure success not just in how we run Dentons but how we service our clients. This effort requires ongoing focus to ensure that every member of Dentons, along with our clients across the globe can grow and succeed.

In all our offices around the world, Dentons is committed to promoting the rich and diverse culture of the Firm, positively impacting our local communities and better serving our clients.

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