Leftist Prime Minister says ready to back constitutional amendment drafted by Christian Democracts. Slovakia's leftist prime minister said Tuesday he was ready to back a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between man and woman, effectively closing the door to same-sex marriage.
The opposition Christian Democrats and other center-right parties drafted the amendment that will need support from Prime Minister Robert Fico's Smer social democrats for the two-thirds majority required to change the constitution.
The European Union's newest member Croatia outlawed same-sex marriage in a referendum last year, triggering a similar constitutional amendment.
Slovak law defines marriage as a "union between a man and a woman".
No form of same-sex civil union is legal in Slovakia, where more than 70 percent of the population of 5.4 million is Christian, according to a 2011 census.
But a 2012 opinion poll showed that 47 percent of Slovaks supported civil unions for same-sex couples while 38 percent were opposed.
Parliament will debate the amendment during a session starting on March 18.
Same-sex marriage is legal in a handful of the 27 other EU states including Britain and France, while civil unions are notably recognized by the Czech Republic, Germany and others.