A Slovenian gay
rights group on Wednesday blasted a new law recognizing
same-sex relationships, saying it is discriminatory
because it gives gays far fewer rights than those
enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
Mitja Blazic, head of the Society for
Integration of Homosexuals, said gay couples are now
granted "minimal rights" and warned gays to "seriously
reconsider" exercising those rights at all.
Lawmakers last week adopted the
government-proposed law recognizing same-sex
partnerships, though not as official marriages. It entitles
partners to the same rights as a family member if their
partner is hospitalized. However, it does not entitle
them to inherit their partner's property.
While the law is progressive for the
predominantly Roman Catholic country of 2 million,
ruled by a center-right coalition, the opposition parties
and gay rights groups insist it fell short of granting gay
couples enough rights. The contentious issue triggered
a fierce debate in parliament, with some right-wing
deputies speaking against gays.
Blazic protested against "hate speech" used in
the chamber, because it leads to "hate speech on the
streets." The group will hold a gay pride parade on
Saturday under the motto "Registration is