Montenegro voted to legalise same-sex civil partnerships, becoming the first European country outside of Western Europe and the European Union to legally recognise gay and lesbian couples.
The law received 42 votes in the 81-seat parliament, after it was rejected by parliament in July 2019.
“A great step in the right direction for (Montenegro) society, its democratic maturity and integration processes,” Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said. “Born free and equal in dignity and rights”, he added.
The country, with a population of about 620,000 people, becomes the 32nd United Nations member to recognise some form of civil partnership for same-sex couples.