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Croatia: Government Plans Offer Some Rights to Same-Sex Couples

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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In the wake of a resounding defeat for marriage equality in Croatia at the ballot box, the government is preparing to offer some limited rights to same-sex couples.

On Top Magazine reports:

According to the AP, the “life partnership” legislation introduced Thursday would for the first time recognize the relationships of gay couples. However, the union offers far fewer rights than marriage and gay couples would not be allowed to adopt children. The bill is likely to succeed given the government’s legislative majority. Milanovic said the legislation upholds “good European standards.”

It’s a consolation prize at best. But the government’s hands are tied by the referendum that was pushed by the Catholic Church.

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Croatia: In Wake of Gay Marriage Ban, Government to Pursue Civil Unions Bill

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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After a Catholic-backed referendum blocked marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, the government has decided to move ahead with a civil unions bill.

The New York Times reports:

The outcome was a major victory for the Roman Catholic Church, and a blow to gay rights advocates. “This referendum was a pre-emptive strike against the possibility of introducing gay marriage in Croatia,” said Franko Dota, a political analyst and gay rights activist. “This was a referendum to humiliate the gay population, and to strike against the progress of the past decades.” Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s center-left government said on Monday that it would move ahead with a proposed bill to afford same-sex couples many of the legal rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including hospital visitation and inheritance rights, though the bill does not include the right to adopt children. Mr. Milanovic said he regretted that the referendum had even been held. “I think it did not make us any better, smarter or prettier,” he said.

It really shows the mean spirited side of the Catholic Church. They pushed the Croatian Government to allow the referendum because they can, and in the process badly damaged the LGBT community in the country.

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Croatia: Almost 2/3 of Voters Support Marriage Equality Ban

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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It looks like the Catholic Church got what it wanted in Croatia yesterday, with a huge majority supporting a gay marriage ban at the polls.

Pink News reports:

Croatia’s constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage after 65% of voters chose ‘yes’ at a referendum. The organisation U ime obitelji (In the Name of the Family), gathered enough signatures to force a referendum on whether to ban equal marriage. The electoral commission noted that from early results, 65% had voted “yes” to the question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?” The result means that Croatia’s constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage.

The outcome was considered likely as a quarter of the country have signed a petition to put the ban on the ballot. Croatia’s leaders had been against it, but the Catholic Church and its allies forced their hand. It’s a sad day for LGBT rights in Croatia.

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Croatia: Vote Today on Marriage Equality Ban

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

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After being forced to place a referendum on the ballot by the Catholic Church, Croatia will vote on a gay marriage ban today.

Gay Star News reports:

Croatian voters have gone to the polls today (01 December) to vote on a referendum which will constitutionally ban same-sex marriage. Catholic-backed conservative groups, including Croatia’s HDZ party, have demanded the country’s constitution be amended to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. The referendum will ask: ‘Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?’ If the majority of Croatians back a ‘yes’ vote, it will mean a de-facto ban on same sex marriage within the country.

If they say no, will that mean a de-facto acceptance of marriage equality? I’m guessing no. Heads we win, tails you lose.

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Croatia: Members of the European Parliament From Croatia Are Sorry About Anti Gay Referendum

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Some of Croatia’s Members of the European Parliament appear to be embarrassed by their country’s rank homophobia.

Gay Web Source reports:

On 1 December, Croatian citizens will be called to vote on whether to alter the constitution to define marriage as ‘matrimony between a man and a woman’… MEPs regret the initiative, which creates a non-inclusive type of democracy by asking a majority to decide about the rights of a minority. Croatian Member of the European Parliament Sandra Petrovi\0×0107 Jakovina MEP reacted: “It is shameful that the first citizen’s initiative of my home country is one which seeks to limit other people’s rights.”

It’s nice that they feel this way, but with the Catholic Church throwing its weight behind the measure after having gotten a full 20% of the population to sign a petition demanding it, things look grim for our heroes.

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Croatia: Parliament Approves Public Vote December 1st to Ban Marriage Equality

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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Croatia’s Parliament has approved an initiative for next month that would ban marriage equality in the country.

ABC News reports:

Croatia moved Friday to hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages, but critics say the vote is discriminatory and gay rights groups are challenging its wording as biased and unconstitutional. Parliament voted to have a Dec. 1 ballot asking the question: “Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?” If a majority vote “yes,” Croatia’s constitution will be amended to specifically define marriage as between a man and a woman, in a de facto ban on gay marriages. The dispute over gay rights has divided Croatia. The country has taken steps to improve gay rights, but issues such as same-sex marriage remain highly sensitive in the staunchly Catholic nation.

Croatia just recently joined the European Union – will Europe’s courts have anything to say about this?

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Croatia: Parliament Approves Public Vote on Marriage Equality Ban for December 1

Friday, October 25th, 2013

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Croatia’s parliament voted to put a ban on gay marriage before the public in about a month.

Buzzfeed reports:

Croatia will hold a referendum on Dec. 1 to consider changes to the country’s constitution that would ban same-sex marriage, a parliamentary commission decided on Wednesday. The commission voted 10-3 to hold a referendum on whether to constitutionally define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Croatia currently has minimal partnership protections in the form of “cohabitation agreements.” The decision comes at an awkward moment for the Balkan country. Croatia officially joined the European Union on July 1, and its LGBTI rights record came under close scrutiny in the lead-up. It was required to adopt a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as a condition of EU membership.

The Catholic Church has been pushing hard for a vote, having gathered signatures from 1/5 of the population back in June on a petition opposing marriage equality.

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Croatia: Government Plans to Recognize Same Sex Relationships This Year

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

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Gay and lesbian couples in Croatia should get legal recognition later this year.  The Anna Lindh Foundation reports:

Croatia is drawing up a law on same-sex civil unions to provide equal rights to them as to heterosexual married couples, possibly including adoption rights. The announcement was made on Friday by Public Administration Minister Arsen Bauk in an interview with the Zagreb newspaper Jutarnij List. Same-sex couples will enjoy all the rights and responsibilities of any other married couple, such as inheritance from a deceased partner, social security benefits and tax deductions, but their union will “not be called ‘marriage’, but ‘life partnership’”, said the minister. He went on to say that the ceremonies would be held in town councils, as is the case with marriages.

It’s a step in the right direction. In the meantime the Catholic Church is pushing for an explicit ban on marriage equality.

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Croatia: More on That Anti Marriage Equality Petition

Monday, June 17th, 2013

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Our friend Linda Giovanna Zambanini dug up some more information on the situation in Croatia, where we reported that 20% of the country signed an anti-gay marriage petition. From EU Business:

Last month almost one-fifth of Croatia’s population signed a petition launched by a Catholic Church-backed group calling for a referendum on whether to introduce a constitutional clause defining marriage as a “union of a woman and a man”. At the end of its virulent two-week campaign, the “In the Name of the Family” group had collected 710,000 signatures in the country of 4.2 million people. The group’s spokeswoman Zeljka Markic told AFP it had launched the campaign after seeing events “that worried us” in France, where gay marriage was legalised in May amid a wave of sometimes violent protests.

And Gay Star News says the Catholic Church is manipulating people into signing it:

But gay rights activists have accused the Catholic Church of immorally manipulating the public into signing their names to oppose same-sex marriage and also of encouraging violence. If a straight couple wants to be married in a church, or have their child baptized or attend a Catholic school, in many places they are being told they must sign the petition demanding a referendum to ban same-sex marriage in Croatia. As over 85% of people are Catholic, the religion is deeply embedded in the Croatian culture.

Nice – didn’t know blackmail was a Catholic value…

Europe: Thousands March in Rome, Zagreb for Marriage Equality

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Gay RightsMarchers in both Italy and Croatia called for marriage equality on Saturday, as the Global Post reports. In Rome:

In Rome, gay, lesbian and transgender activists and sympathisers, dancing on floats to electronic music and waving rainbow flags, held up signs reading “In France I can now get married, when in Italy?” “People’s rights cannot be negotiated. Rome will become the capital of rights. There have been too many attacks in the last few years, too many tragedies of loneliness,” the city’s new centre-left mayor Ignazio Marino said.

In Croatia:

A similar march took place in Zagreb, a day after Croatia’s parliament received a petition signed by one-fifth of the country’s voters seeking a referendum that could rule out same-sex marriage. “We have to show that we love Croatia where we live, but it also has to show that it loves all its citizens,” Marko Jurcic, one of the organisers told the rally at a downtown square after an hour-long march. “For Marriage Equality” read a giant pink banner carried at the head of a column of the Gay Pride marchers, escorted by special police who were however less visible than in previous years.

“Croatia’s parliament received a petition signed by one-fifth of the country’s voters seeking a referendum that could rule out same-sex marriage.” Seriously? That’s an amazing number – anyone hear anything else about this part?

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