Vote begins in Slovenian referendum to block same-sex marriage
Slovenia is being urged to vote to remove a ban on same-sex marriage.
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.
Votes begin on Tuesday in a referendum which could overturn a law which bans same-sex couples from marrying.
Should Slovenia remove its ban on same-sex marriage through a referendum, like the one in Ireland earlier this year, it would become the first Slavic, Central European and post-Communist nation to do so.
The results of the referendum will be announced on Sunday.
Voters in Slovenia are being asked whether to uphold a law passed in March, which would make same-sex marriage legal.
Campaigners on both sides of the argument have been campaigning to sway votes.
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The law has been backed by President Borut Pahor.
Those against the implementation of the equality law have used the outdated argument that children need a mother and a father, and that children do worse if they have same-sex parents.
The referendum was forced after those against the law gathered 80,00 signatures.
Recent polls have shown a small majority of Slovenians support the right of same-sex couples to marry.
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.