‘I am ready for same-sex unions,’ says Croatia’s first openly gay politician Damir Hrsak

The country’s first openly gay politician talks about his commitments to Croatia’s LGBT community as he announces his run for European Parliament

‘I am ready for same-sex unions,’ says Croatia’s first openly gay politician Damir Hrsak
06 April 2013

Croatia’s first openly gay politician has reaffirmed his commitment to legalizing same-sex unions.

Damir Hrsak, who recently declared his homosexuality in an interview, also announced his run for European Parliament as Croatia prepares to join the European Union on 1 July.

In a translated interview with news website Jutarnji, Hrsak said: ‘The LGBT population is just one of the discriminated communities in Croatia. I believe that communities who care about human and animal rights will recognize my efforts in the fight against discrimination’.

 Hrsak also gave first-hand insight into the state of homophobia in Croatia.

‘It’s much better, but still not good. As the law is concerned, the situation is improving, a hate crime is recognized as a criminal offense’.

‘However,’ he added, ‘while public entities can assert with impunity for example, that only healthy people, not homosexuals, play football, the situation is unsatisfactory’.

Hrsak asserted that Croatia would be ready for gay marriage and same-sex couples adopting children when the Labour party came to power.

In May 2012 Croatia’s Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announced plans to improve the legal rights of same-sex couples, stopping short of full marriage equality.

News website Libela.org asked the Labour Party member if his decision to become the only openly gay candidate in Parliamentary elections was a pragmatic move.

‘Like nationality or race, a person does not have any choice about it [homosexuality] except to accept themselves as a human being with all their creative potential, or live in strife and auto-destruction,’ he said.

‘It is nothing to be proud or ashamed of’.

‘I consider it my moral obligation to fight for all people to be widely accepted, more creative and happier,’ he added.

If elected to Parliament, Hrsak said he would contribute to the betterment of Croatian citizens by keeping ‘an intensive, systematic and genuine cooperation with civil society’.

‘For me, the Croatian civil society certainly counts’.

On his attitude toward the Catholic Church, Hrsak said: ‘I’ll support any action that is in the spirit of true Christianity’.

‘I will, however, confront everything where it boils down to a multinational company that sells sophisticated sacraments and intimidates people, even children, with eternal damnation’.

‘Examples of greed and cruelty in the Church’s history can never compromise true Christianity based on love, freedom and justice. That notion of love, freedom and justice is a lifestyle, not a PR phrase’.



No thumbnail available

'Former classmate' claims Obama had sex with gay men for cocaine

Drugs. Gay sex. Older white men. Obama. Oh, my!
No thumbnail available

Experience luxury in paradise with Hotel Atlantis

The lavish hotel result on Fuerteventura faces the Atlantic Ocean, neighbors sand dunes of Corralejo and treats all its guests like royalty
No thumbnail available

Former South Dakota State University student accused of spreading HIV

Demetrius Colaites, 19, is facing two counts of intentional exposure to HIV infection and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted
No thumbnail available

In an upcoming television interview Ian Thorpe will reveal he's gay

British journalist Michael Parkinson's interview with Thorpe will air on Sunday night, 13 July, on Australian television
No thumbnail available

The National Football League culture is slowly becoming more inclusive

National Football League starts it season with players supporting gay marriage
No thumbnail available

Kathy Griffin shares how she will be different from Joan Rivers on Fashion Police

'I’m more improvisational and I don’t know what I’m going to say and neither does anyone else on the panel'
No thumbnail available

Fair Day kicks off Sydney Mardi Gras

Free outdoor music festival raises record-breaking funds for the festival
No thumbnail available

Chick-fil-A gets kicked off college campus in North Carolina for the time being

Davidson College will no longer serve the chain's food because of student concerns about its support of anti-gay groups
No thumbnail available

Ex-Gay advocate says pro-gay school groups are like Nazi skinheads and KKK

An outspoken conversion 'therapy' advocate says students should treat pro-LGBT school group like Nazi skinheads and KKK groups
No thumbnail available

Poppers could be banned in the UK

The popular drug could end up banned as UK legislation seeks to rounds up 'legal highs' - with 'dealers' facing a potential prison sentence of up to seven years