19 Dec 2018

Foster care legislation disappoints Croatian LGBTIQ groups

The Foster Care Act, adopted December 7, prevents same-sex couples in Croatia from becoming foster parents. LGBTQ activists said the fight for their rights must continue. 

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Why this story matters:

Full recognition of LGBTIQ rights in the newest EU member state faces many obstacles, mostly because of the conservative groups that are effectively standing in its way. 

During the debate on the Foster Care Act, some members of the ruling Croatian Democratic Alliance (HDZ) have said allowing same-sex partners to foster children is against their beliefs, comparing it to "giving a child to two (participants) of the gay pride parade with bare butts."

Back in 2013, conservatives successfully prevented the legalization of homosexual marriages through referendum, when a majority of Croatians voted for the definition of marriage in the constitution to apply exclusively to "a living union of a woman and a man". And now, they have just won the battle of denying Croatian same-sex couples the right to become foster parents. 

Details from the story:

  • The new Foster Care Act has caused long discussions among members of the Croatian parliament. The controversial question was whether same-sex couples should be eligible to be foster parents. 
  • LGBTIQ activists say that the new Foster Care Act (which doesn't allow same-sex couples to be considered as foster parents) is discriminatory.
  • Same-sex couples in Croatia are unable to marry but can register as "life partners" since 2014. The life partnership legislation, however, does not allow for joint adoption of children to such couples. 
  • By now, there are around 260 registered same-sex couples.  
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