JULY 15 2014 17:24h
The Croatian parliament on Tuesday passed a law on the life partnership of same sex couples under which homosexual couples will enjoy the same rights as married couples, except the right to adopt children.
The law was adopted with 89 votes in favour and 16 against. LGBT rights' activists watched the voting from the gallery, applauding the adoption.
Under a government-moved amendment, the law will go into force on September 1, so that it could be applied together with the new Family Act.
The Zagreb Pride NGO said the law was a big step forward for human rights in Croatia and an even bigger one for the equality, dignity and rights of LGBT people in Croatia.
On the other hand, the nongovernmental organisation "In the Name of the Family", which launched an initiative for the constitutional definition of matrimony as a union of a woman and a man, today expressed "deep disappointment" with the decision of lawmakers to get around the will of voters who voted for such a definition of marriage at last December's referendum.