The Act also recognizes and defines unregistered same-sex relationships as informal life partners, thus making them equal to registered life partnerships after they have been cohabiting for a minimum of 3 years.
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At this point it was not known which of the well-known terms such as civil union or registered partnership would be used, but it was certain that Croatian family law would not be modified for this purpose, but rather a new law dealing with this issue would be introduced, thus implying that the term marriage will not be used.
On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in 2012, platforms dealing with LGBT rights met Minister of Administration Arsen Bauk who announced further changes in existing laws that would expand LGBT rights, plus a new law regulating same-sex partnerships.
She said that the group was in the process of creating a list of rights with the help from several government ministries.
LGBT associations Iskorak and Kontra, expressed their satisfaction with the fact that registration at register offices will be possible, but at the same time expressed disappointment with same-sex couples being excluded from the family law, thus making it possible for the law to include less rights than expected as a result of political trade and concessions.