My understanding of the referendum in Croatia is that traditional Croats DO NOT support any changes to the traditional viewing of the institute of marriage in terms of opening it for homosexual partners. They see it as a threat to the set of traditional values they have been living by for centuries. It is absolutely sensational that they are denied the right to defend the present legal situation (by asking the government to make it a provision of the Constitution) by the agnostic, intellectual and urbane part of the society who hardly share any traditional (and mostly rural) bits of the Croatian culture at all. It should be pointed out that they only view the term "religious" as a derogatory one, standing for "out", "bigoted", or "obsolete". In this sense, urbane culture will acclaim a gay politician for his "courage" to come out. As opposed to that, an admittedly religious politician is instantly dead meat regardless of what he has to say. Therefore, little room is given for any reasonable argument between these two sides on realistic issues that gay marriages might cause in reality. The blame for the situation naturally goes to the intellectually superior side, as they should be natural keepers of democratic communication standards. To me, it is unfortunate that neither of the two groups speaks the language of the other side.
The referendum is not about reducing any existing gay rights no matter what you may have heard or read, but about making it legally clear that some traditional values should not be tampered with for a number of potential implications, each of which is sensitive enough to deserve much greater focus than allegedly violated human rights, and also be carefully considered (and piloted, if you ask me) prior to any "revolutionary" changes (mind the inverted commas).
I don't see that Europe has done a much better job here, as types of behaviour such as juvenile alcoholism, drug abuse, leaving school, delinquency, promiscuity, or poor funds management (all known as "fun") are commonly mistaken for human rights and, equally commonly, not directly related to the difficult integration of young people into society, unemployment, high divorce rates, irresponsible finances management or falling economy. Hope you get my point here.
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