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The amendments were, however, rejected by the Saeima (Parliament).
Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are allowed to serve openly in the Latvian Armed Forces.
There are few publicly prominent persons who openly identify themselves as gay or lesbian, for example Latvian American journalist Kārlis Streips, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, and former deputy rector of the Riga Graduate School of Law Linda Freimane.
Most people in Latvia have prejudices against homosexuality, usually rooted in social conservatism and lingering preconceptions dating from the Soviet period.
Article 110 of the Latvian Constitution formerly read, "The State shall protect and support marriage, the family, the rights of parents and rights of the child.
The State shall provide special support to disabled children, children left without parental care or who have suffered from violence." On 30 January 2015, an MP submitted a proposal for a partnership law, which would have allowed "any two persons" to register a partnership.
Nevertheless, Pride took place in 2007; in contrast with 2005 where counter-protestors greatly outnumbered Pride attendees and in 2006 where the event was banned.
Pride 2007 was peaceful and the 500 pride-goers outnumbered around 100 counter-protestors.
The Saeima had initially omitted such protections, but President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga refused to sign the bill until it was added.
It is possible to surgically change gender in Latvia and to legally change identity to reflect this.
Latvian law does not define "sex change", but a medical certificate must be submitted to the authorities in order to legally change gender.
This would have given cohabiting couples almost the same benefits and obligations as marriage.
The proposal was rejected by the Legal Affairs Committee on 24 February 2015.