Croatian_flagThe Croatian government has said it may introduce plans for same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships.

Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announced to reporters that registered partnerships would be ‘a somewhat higher standard than what we have now,’ according to the Associated Press, though he may still stop short of full marriage equality.

PinkNews.co.uk reported a spokesperson for the Croatian Embassy in London to have said that it is unlikely that Croatia would introduce equal marriage in the fullest sense of the word, as is the case, for example, in the Netherlands and Canada. However, the legislation might pave the way for ‘same-sex marriages’ performed at other states to be recognised in Croatia.

Improving the legal rights of same-sex couples was promised during the election campaign of the Prime Minister Milanovic’s Social Democratic Party.

‘I hope that the people of Croatia accept it,’ said Milanovic. ‘It’s simply a form of social empathy and decency and expanding freedom.’

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