LGBTQ rights: same-sex couples can now adopt children in Croatia

In a landmark ruling that ended a six-year legal battle, Croatia’s High Administrative Court ruled that same-sex couples could apply for the adoption of a child because any other treatment would be discriminatory and contrary to European tradition.

In 2016, Ivo egota and Marijan Koi applied to adopt a child through a local social center, but were refused by a number of institutions, all of which said that current Croatian legislation prohibited them from adopting. do it.

The court’s decision effectively rejected an appeal filed by the country’s minister of demography, family and social programs, which was trying to overturn a similar verdict issued by the Zagreb Administrative Court in 2021.

“In view of the position of the European Court of Human Rights, the Court declares that the difference in treatment of persons in similar situations, based exclusively on their sexual orientation, represents a form of discrimination,” said the stop.

Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2013, is a devout Catholic country where the church wields significant power in public life.

Access to abortion is becoming increasingly difficult in public hospitals, despite the fact that it is ostensibly provided for by law up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, as many doctors refuse to perform it due to the conscientious objection.


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