Monday, December 2, 2013

Croatia Says No to Marriage Equality

A majority of Croatians have voted yesterday to outlaw same-sex marriage, in a nationwide referendum. 65% of voters answered "yes" to the question: "Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?", and only 34% said "no". The fact, only 36% of those who could vote finally did it.

The idea for the vote was introduced by the Catholic group In the Name of the Family, which collected over 750,000 signatures demanding a nationwide vote on gay marriage.

After the referendum, Croatia will have to amend its constitution to define marriage as a “union between a woman and a man”. Currently, the Croatian constitution does not define marriage.

The Social Democrat-left government disagreed with the referendum's demand, but the outcome was no surprise in a conservative country where 90% of the population say they are Catholic.

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic called the referendum "sad and pointless", but said the government would pass a bill giving same-sex couples more rights in the coming weeks.

A step back for equality inside the European Union.

Demonstrations by pro-gay activists did not prevent defeat


  1. Croatia should be thrown out of the European Union!

    This proposed legislation is discriminatory and clearly against article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights, even if the European Court of Human Rights has refused to apply the protections of article 12 to same-sex marriage.

  2. By Marcello Montano Nicola:

    Horrible :/

  3. By Toni N:

    Then Croatia has to be exclused from the EU