Croatian President Condemns Burned Effigy of Gay Couple Holding a Child

Last month, the country's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same-sex couples' right to foster children.

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, as well as other officials, condemned the burning of an effigy of a kissing same-sex couple holding a baby at a carnival in the small town of Imotski.

Milanovic called the act “inhumane and totally unacceptable.” It took place on Sunday, and comes one month after the Constitutional Court ruled same-sex couples should be allowed to foster children.

“I find it incomprehensible, devastating and sad. It teaches children that it is okay to hate. That’s unacceptable,” Ombudsperson Lora Vidovic tweeted, according to Balkan Insight.

MP Arsen Bauk said he planned to file charges against the organizers of the carnival.

“We remain conservative, sticking to tradition,” said one organizer. “Give the baby to a mother, as the saying goes. We think that’s right.”

“The scary scenes from Imotski cannot be justified by carnival customs,” said Daniel Martinovic, with the Rainbow Family Association. “What kind of message is being sent to our children, children who nowadays in Croatia grow up with lesbian mothers or gay fathers?”

Two years ago, a replica of a picture book about LGBTQ families, called My Rainbow Family, was burned at a carnival in Kastela, another Croatian town.

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