Bosnian same-sex couples hope government will keep its promise

In October last year, the former government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced it would take the first step towards allowing registered same-sex partnerships. The Bosnian LGBTIQ community impatiently awaits this milestone. 

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Why this story matters:

Vladana from Bosnia and Herzegovina and her partner Dragoslava from Serbia are hoping to move in together and establish a family in the near future. They would love for their partnership to be legally recognized. That, however, is not possible in either of their home countries. 

Even if it violates existing anti-discrimination legislation, same-sex couples in Bosnia and Herzegovina face systemic and widespread prejudice. LGBTIQ persons don't have legal rights to share common property, inheritance, health care, or get residency in a partner's country, for example. 

The non-existence of the legislation on same-sex partnerships influences her relationship, Vladana told Radio Free Europe.

Living together, she adds, is much more difficult for her partner and her than for heterosexual couples.

When will it become easier? Vladana hopes it could happen this year. 

Details from the story:

  • Same-sex partnerships are not legally defined in Bosnia and Herzegovina, meaning same-sex couples do not have access to legal protection (such as health care, property or inheritance rights), which is available to heterosexual couples.
  • In October last year, the government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of the two Bosnian entities) has announced the establishment of a working group for the creation of the same-sex partnerships legislation. 
  • According to Sarajevo Open Center (SOC), 80 percent of same-sex couples in Bosnia and Herzegovina would like to be official partners. 

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