ZAGREB, November 25, 2018 – MOST party leader Božo Petrov said on Saturday that children are born and raised in an emotional and physical union of a man and a woman and that the parliament should take that into account when making decisions on adoption and foster care. Commenting on a bill on foster care and the possibility of giving same-sex couples right to provide foster care, Petrov said that children’s interests should be above any other interests. He stressed that children raised by “substitute parents” were stigmatised and that if raised by same-sex couples, they would be stigmatised even more.
If homosexuality was generally accepted in society, there would be no need for gay parades, he added.
Petrov also commented on the decision by the Conflict of Interest Commission to launch proceedings against Prime Minister Andrej Plenković who failed to declare his relationship with Igor Pokaz at the time of his appointment as ambassador to the United Kingdom and the fact that he was the best man at Pokaz’s wedding, as well as on the Commission’s decision to launch proceedings against Environment and Energy Minister Tomislav Ćorić.
“I believe that an office-holder must not use their position to help people close to them get hired,” Petrov said, adding that he hoped the commission would do its job at least in that case and that its decision would not be influenced by political pressure.
Petrov also said that considering the way the commission was formed, the latest case seemed to be more about power games within the ruling coalition than about a serious approach to dealing with conflict of interest.
As for current disputes in the ruling coalition, Petrov said that politics should not be about “blackmail potential”.
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