Croatian Same-sex Reunification Case Sets European Court Precedent

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For the first time on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on a case involving family reunification for gay couples.

A Bosnian national was prevented from obtaining a residency permit for reuniting with her Croatian partner, and after exhausting the Croatian court system, the case was brought before the European Court. The Court unanimously ruled that Croatia’s Aliens Act was discriminatory and that the country offered no real reason to deprive the plaintiff of a permit.

Strausbourg’s verdict reiterates that cohabiting same-sex couples in stable relationships fall under the scope of a family, adding that the definition includes those that are not physically together, such as the women being apart because of the immigration policy mentioned in the suit.

Finally, the plaintiff will receive 10,000 Euros from Croatia plus costs and expenses.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Croatia, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Croatia

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