Lawmakers today in Croatia have approved gay couples to register as life partners, which will grant same-sex couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples. The law is not without its faults, as it doesn’t use the word marriage and won’t allow same-sex couples to adopt children. Despite this, gay rights activists have praised the law, especially since it was passed in a conservative Roman Catholic nation. “Croatia made a historic step forward to stand along progressive countries which have already resolved the issue,” Iva Tomecic, editor-in-chief of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) news portal CroL, told AFP. “From now on same sex couples and families can finally legally regulate their unions… knowing that the country where they live, work and pay taxes is treating them as equal citizens,” she said.