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Bosnia And Herzegovina Take First Steps To Recognising Same-Sex Couples

The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina is about to start a consultation that could mean the recognition of same-sex relationships in the country. 

This is a consideration made only by the Federation. The country though is divided up in two self-governing entities, which also includes the Republika Srpska, who cover less than the Federation and are more conservative, who are not considering this recognition. 

As ‘Gay Times’ reports, the Federation has agreed to hold the consultation after demands from many same-sex couples who left the country to get married or registered. They have appointed an interdepartmental working group with the task of looking at these rights.

Currently, none of the Balkan states offer these or similar rights to the LGBT+ community. If this consideration goes ahead, it will make Bosnia and Herzegovina a “trailblazer” among the Balkan states. Nearby countries like Serbia and Croatia even have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.

Last year the first Pride Parade was hosted in the capital city of Sarajevo making it the last city in Europe to do so. Unfortunately, although the event went ahead a poll found that 58% of people were against it. 

Samra Cosovic-Hajdarevic, the Deputy of the Party of Democratic Action called the march a “terrible” idea aimed at “destroying the state and its people.”

She then added that LGBTQ people should be “isolated and moved as far as possible from our children and society.”

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