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Prime Minister Of Croatia Moves To Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships

Zoran Milanovic, the Prime Minister of Croatia, has stated his Social Democratic Party is aiming to recognize same-sex marriages unions, fulfilling a campaign promise made in December.

According to Yahoo! News, Milanovic told reporters: “We are talking about registered partnerships, which is a somewhat higher standard than what we have now.”

He reminded them that it was part of his party’s campaign: “That was our program. I hope that the people of Croatia accept it, it’s simply a form of social empathy and decency and expanding freedom.”

The conservative opposition party has vowed to fight Milanovic on the issue. The Gay Pride Parade goes down in June in Croatia’s second largest city, Split. In the past, the parade has been met with violent opposition, owing to the country’s very strong Catholic roots.

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