The itty-bitty country of Liechtenstein has approved civil unions for gays and lesbians, but stopped short of including adoption rights. The measure was put up to a public vote and passed overwhelmingly.
Gay and lesbian couples will receive the same tax, inheritance and welfare rights as come with marriage following a referendum in which 68 percent supported the law, Swiss news agency ATS reported.
Parliament had all but adopted the legislation earlier this year but its critics, the group Vox Populi, called for a public poll.
"With this clear 'yes' to partnerships, Liechtenstein... is putting an end to the current discrimination faced by same-sex couples," ATS quoted Prime Minister Klaus Tschuetscher as saying.