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The Government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is about to start consultations that could lead to the recognition of same-sex unions.

Bosnia and Herzegovina agreed to start consultations at the request of same-sex couples who have married or registered abroad.

Currently, no region of the country recognizes same-sex marriages or unions.


More than two thousand people gathered in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first gay pride in the history of the city in September 2019.

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Participants march during the country’s first-ever LGBT pride parade in downtown Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Sarajevo is the last capital city in the Balkans to hold a pride parade after neighbouring countries moved to improve LGBT rights. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Any law changes across the whole Federation will be difficult as the country is divided into three self-governing regions, and only Bosnia and Herzegovina begins the path towards same-sex alliances.

The more conservative Republika Srpska has not yet addressed this issue, as has the Brcko District.

The first meeting of the advisory group will take place later this month. LGBT activists are invited to discuss the problems faced by same-sex couples. Then the authorities intend to begin the development of relevant laws.

If the legislation can be progressed, Bosnia and Herzegovina will become a pioneer among the Balkan states in the matter of legalizing gay marriage.

Last Updated on Apr 21, 2020

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