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Slovenia to hold referendum to block same-sex marriage

Nick Duffy November 5, 2015

A referendum will be held in Slovenia in a bid to block same-sex marriage legislation.

The Central European country’s Parliament passed a bill to legalise same-sex marriage earlier this year, to outcry from parts of the Slovenian public.

Anti-LGBT activists have since gone all-out to block the law defining marriage as a union between two consenting adults.

A  group calling themselves ‘Children Are At Stake’ gathered 40,000 signatures needed to call a popular vote.

After a period of uncertainty about the referendum, lawmakers voted in favour of holding it this week, by a vote of 69-11.

The referendum will be held on December 20, meaning that same-sex couples could be suffer an attack on their rights just days before Christmas.

Unlike in countries like Ireland, where same-sex marriage enjoyed popular support in a referendum despite a strong religious culture, the issue is still very divisive in Slovenia.

In a poll earlier this year, just 36% indicated they would support same-sex marriage in a possible referendum, 36% while 50% said they would vote against it.

However, not all polls are consistent on the issue – with an EU poll conducted last month finding that 54% of Slovenians believe same-sex marriage should be permitted, with 40%.

The Vice President of the European Commission recently said he wants all 28 EU countries to recognise or legalise same-sex marriage.

Speaking at an Equality Gala in Brussels hosted by ILGA-Europe, Dutch politician Frans Timmermans said the ultimate goal was to get all states to “unreservedly” embrace equality.

 

 

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