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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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