Croatian Parliament Gives Same-Sex Unions Benefits of Marriage

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)



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