Same-Sex Union Vote Failure Dismays Montenegro’s LGBT Community

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08/01/2019

The Montenegrin parliament on Wednesday failed to adopt a law to legalize same-sex unions after deputies from ruling parties representing ethnic minorities voted against it. MPs from the main governing Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, the Social Democrats and the Liberal Party backed the reform but those from the Bosniak Party, BS, the Croatian Civil Initiative, HGI, and the ethnic Albanian Forca, which are part of the ruling coalition, opposed the change. Opposition MPs did not vote. LGBT activists accused opponents of the change of “destroying the democratic process in Montenegro” and its European path. “History will remember you by that. A big thank you to everyone who was against this law. Your resistance strengthens us, your hatred will never falter, slow or stop us,” Queer Montenegro, a local NOG, said in a press statement on Wednesday.

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