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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

NO GAY MARRIAGE IN SLOVAKIA?

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.

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