ZABREB, CROATIA, July 16, 2014 (CWN) -- Croatia’s parliament has approved legislation that would extend to same-sex unions the same legal rights as those of marriage, except the right to adopt children.
The new law, which passed easily by a vote of 89- 16, defines registered same-sex unions as “life partnerships,” and provides for social benefits, inheritance privileges, and tax benefits.
Last year, in a nationwide referendum, two-thirds of Croatian voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The new legislation skirted that issue by not defining a same-sex union as a marriage.
Read more: Croatia passes law on same-sex unions (ANSA)