The center-left government of Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic has proposed new legal rights for gay and lesbian couples.

The move comes less than 2 weeks after voters approved amending Croatia's constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual union in a referendum organized by the Catholic Church.

According to the AP, the “life partnership” legislation introduced Thursday would for the first time recognize the relationships of gay couples. However, the union offers far fewer rights than marriage and gay couples would not be allowed to adopt children.

The bill is likely to succeed given the government's legislative majority.

Milanovic said the legislation upholds “good European standards.”

Croatia entered the European Union (EU) in July, making it the 28th and newest member.