Same-sex weddings on display in Croatia

An exhibition showcasing photos of same-sex weddings is taking place in  Zagreb. The organizer -- the "Rainbow Families" association -- hopes to give greater visibility to the Croatian LGBTIQ community.

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Why this story matters:

Adopted four years ago, the Croatian life partnership law granted LGBTIQ couples numerous rights and was a huge step forward in legal recognition of the community. 

The legislation, however, does not allow for joint adoption of children to such couples. 

In Croatia, homophobia is still widespread, and the rise of conservative movements certainly makes it more difficult for LGBTIQ groups to sensitize the public to the issues they are forced to deal with on daily basis. 

But initiatives such as this one can certainly help in showing that -- as a rule -- weddings are lovely events which celebrate love and happiness. And Croatia needs more of that. 

Details from the story:

  • The exhibition "All Our Weddings" ("Sva naša vjenčanja") shows wedding photos of same-sex couples taken since "life partnerships" were legalized in Croatia in 2014.
  • Over 260 LGBT+ couples have joined the partnerships since 2014.
  • The "Rainbow Family" ("Dugine obitelji") association, which organized the exhibition, represents LGBTIQ couples and individuals who have or wish to have children. 
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