A bill which would have legalised same-sex civil partnerships has been unanimously rejected by a parliamentary committee in Romania.

According to stiripentruviata.ro, the bill would have allowed both same and opposite-sex couples to register their partnerships, allowing them to “enjoy rights like the right to inheritance, the right to become a co-beneficiary on the other’s health insurance, the right to apply for [housing] loans as joint debtors”.

It was proposed by Green MP Remus Cernea, and had previously suffered stiff opposition from all parties in the Senate, with just 2 votes in favour and 105 against, before the unanimous rejection by the juridical Commission of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies.

Diana Tusha MP, of the Christian Democratic National Peasants’ Party, said the bill, supported by the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, was effectively ‘cultural marxism’.

She said: “Trying to legislate for civil partnership is trying to prove that it suffices to adopt a set of laws in order to make people think and feel differently and that one can always redesign the ideals and values of humanity according to our own will”.

“There is no need to traumatize further generations in the name of some illusory progress made through alien recipes. Such a recipe is cultural Marxism”.

Cernea is hoping to re-introduce the bill at a later date, but given the resounding rejections, it is unlikely to fare much better.