A draft law on same-sex communities was endorsed by the Montenegro Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights on Thursday, the FoNet news agency reported, citing the state RTCG television.
If passed by the Parliament, it will be a year before the same-sex couples will be equal to men and women who live in marriage or partnership.
Out of Committee’s six members, two abstained while four were in favour.
Croatia and Slovenia, two out of six former Yugoslav republics, legalised the same-sex partnership and marriage in 2014 and 2017 respectively, but not the adoption of children.
Montenegro is just a step away of adopting the same law, while Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Albania remain the regional countries in which such communities are not legal.
The Commission for the Civil Cod in Serbia is working on a draft of a law.
It could be a new law or just changes in the existing Family Law, Miodrag Orlic, a member to the Commission said in 2018.
The draft is supposed to go before the Parliament this year.
Data from 2018 showed that 16 European countries have legalised same-sex marriages, while every state in the US has done it, as well as Canada, South African Republic, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Nine European countries have adopted the law on a civil partnership for the LGBT population.
The adoption of children is allowed in 26 world’s countries, while five states allow only partner’s children to be adopted, but exclude joint adoption.