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Croatian government proposes new rights for same-sex couples

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CroatiaZAGREB, Croatia — Less than two weeks after Croatians voted to ban same-sex marriage, their government has proposed granting gay couples new legal rights.

The “life partnership” legislation the government presented to Parliament on Thursday would allow gay couples to officially register their relationship, inherit property from one another, and represent each other as next of kin.

They would not be allowed to marry or adopt children.

The government’s legislative majority means the bill is likely to pass, even though a majority of Croatians voted in the Dec. 1 referendum to ban gay marriage in a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union’s newest nation.

Croatia’s constitution will be amended to impose the ban.

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Thursday the legislation upholds “good European standards.”

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13 more reader comments:

  1. “We’re sorry, but you don’t get equal rights! Here’s your consolation prize!”

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:27pm
  2. they should take nothing less then equal rights

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:08pm
  3. That was kind of my point.

    Replied on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:24pm
  4. the government oppose the referendum... what more could they do??? the croats voted for it to be ban...

    Replied on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:50am
  5. Hurry up before they changed their minds again!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:29pm
  6. Not good enough. Losers!

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:30pm
  7. I am confused.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:41pm
  8. Oh please…they’re trying to save face…divest from this country and others with similar laws. Yes I mean our states too.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:44pm
  9. Croatia fears to be banned from EU and go back to Russian influence. Irony.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 8:14pm
  10. They’re only doing it so the EU will allow them in.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 9:03pm
  11. This is some good news for gay couples in Croatia. However, the bigotry remains intact in Croatia as long as gays are not treated equally as heterosexuals. The “life partnership” legislation is just a way for Croatia to lesson the negative response from the EU. Too bad Croatia, we see your true colors.

    Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:48pm
  12. 1) Croatia is already a part of the EU, 2) the Government of Croatia was against the referendum on marriage – it was put on the ballot by private groups and the Gov. was powerless over it. 3) the Government of Croatia has been working on this legislation for months, and specifically went to the Supreme Court of Croatia to ensure that the ballot initiative ONLY applied to the word “marriage”, not the rights.

    Basically, STOP blaming the Gov. of Croatia, they are doing the most they can under the circumstances.

    Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:19am
  13. yes, and people here are just spouting their nonsense because they don't understand the situation...

    Replied on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:52am