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Following vote against same-sex marriage, Croatia to propose civil unions

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ZAGREB, Croatia — Just one day after Croatian’s voted to ban same-sex marriage, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Monday that officials plan to offer civil union legislation that would give same-sex couples in Croatia many of the legal rights currently afforded to heterosexual couples.

CroatiaThe measure would grant same-sex couples hospital visitation and inheritance rights, but would not include the right to adopt children.

On Sunday, Croatians voted 66-34 to amend the country’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage, a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union’s newest nation.

Almost 90% of Croatia’s population of 4.4 million are nominally Roman Catholics.

The referendum also received support from 104 members of Croatia’s 151-seat parliament.

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said he was disappointed but not surprised by the outcome of the vote. “The referendum result must not be the reason for new divisions,” he warned.

The referendum pitted conservative groups and the church against the government and human rights activists.

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Political analysts said that the conservative groups were also able to tap into growing popular disenchantment with the European Union, which Croatia joined in July.

Many Croats blame the union, fairly or unfairly, for the nation’s economic woes.

According to the LGBT advocacy group Liga LGBTI, Croatia is ranked 13th out of 49 European countries in its treatment of LGBT people.

Numerous LGBT organizations are active in the country, police and police cadets are now instructed about LGBT rights, and in June, Prime Minister Milanovic’s wife took part in Zagreb’s 12th annual pride parade.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Civil unions are simply a slap the face to same sex couples….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:05pm
  2. But is confers the same rights without that word marriage that seems to send the nutcases nuttier.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:10pm
  3. Even Croatia is saying yes BUT America??? NO!! We are backward in so many ways.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:18pm
  4. Separate but Equal, is it?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:25pm
  5. They better do it and as soon as possible. If not they should leave the EU, and gave back all the taxpayers taxes from the EU countries.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:12pm
  6. I asked my husband to marry me, I did not and would not say will you civil union me

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:50pm
  7. Not good enough,shit people/shit laws…hugs!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:37pm
  8. Not the greatest outcome but from a highly religious country as this is, being offered civil unions is a compliment. At the end of the day it all centers around the changing of the meaning of the word marriage to then which in the past has been defined by man and woman marrying each other and not the same. I don’t get it but it’s obviously a religious thing.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:42pm
  9. Civil Unions may be better than nothing, but do not come close to offering the same benefits or status as marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:56pm
  10. Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:29pm
  11. They are at least trying……love will show them the way.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:14pm
  12. Civil unions is better than nothing. The outcome of the referendum was predictable. It was a classical example of issues thaty you must not submit to a vote by the uninformed, indoctrinated, and ignorant populace.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:52pm
  13. Slap in the face. Fuck you, Croatia.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:29am