ZAGREB, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Hours after launching a crowd-funding campaign on Friday, the publisher of the first Croatian picture book on children with same-sex parents successfully collected enough funds to print 1,000 new books.
In one day they raised more than 6,000 U.S. dollars.
"We are delighted by good results. We surpassed two target goals and now we will not only print 1,000 more new books but also 1,000 copies of a coloring book. Our next goal is to double the numbers so everyone who is interested can get a free copy of the picture book," said Daniel Martinovic, the publisher and a member of Zagreb-based Rainbow Families Association.
My Rainbow Family is the first picture book themed in same-sex parents in Croatia and the region. It is a book about a boy and a girl who like all the things their peers of preschool age like, but they are slightly different because the girl has two dads and the boy two moms.
On Feb. 4, during a carnival fest in a small Croatian city of Kastela, an image of a rainbow-colored picture book, showing two hearts and words "mum+mum" and "dad+dad" was set on fire.
Although the burning was done within the carnival context, three Croatian gay rights groups filed a complaint against the organizers of the carnival two days later, accusing them of hate crime.
Martinovic believed that this was an act of a few people with extreme views. "We got many calls from people who were there. They apologized and said that they didn't realize what was set on fire," he said.
A total of 86 percent of Croatian population are Roman Catholics. Since 2014, same-sex couples have equal rights to married couples in everything except adoption. More than 200 same-sex unions have been registered in Croatia.