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Sat Jun 11, 2016, 04:52 PM

 

Thousands March For Gay Rights In Poland, Croatia, Italy

Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of people marched Saturday in colorful gay pride events in Italy, Poland and Croatia urging support for minority rights in the mostly Catholic nations.

The parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists. Italian participants, however, had more reason to celebrate after winning the right to form same-sex civil unions this year.

Still, the Italians said there is far more to be done given the limited nature of the new civil union law, which took effect last Sunday.

Italy doesn't allow same-sex marriage, and gay rights proponents failed to get the civil unions law to include adoption by a gay civil union partner of the biological child of the other person in the union.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_EUROPE_GAY_RIGHTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-06-11-16-01-32

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