Romania sets the date of the anti-gay marriage referendum

Members of "The Coalition for the Family" symbolically sign up on a paper roll as they finish to transport boxes conatining over 3,000,000 signatures to the Romanian Senate at the Romanian Parliament building in Bucharest on May 23, 2016. Several NGOs filed on Monday a proposition for the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages, supported, in their view, by three million signatures. / AFP / DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Romania has set a date for a referendum to change the country’s constitution redefining the term ‘marriage’. The gender-neutral term ‘spouse’ will be erased, so that marriage will be defined as a union of one man and one woman, so if the referendum succeeds, no chance will be left for same-sex marriages in Romania. The vote has been announced for 6-7 October after the country’s Senate voted to allow the referendum to be held. Romania’s other parliament chamber voted in support of the same measure last year. Social Democrats leader Liviu Dragnea is pushing forward with the referendum after three million people signed a petition which called to narrow the constitutional definition of marriage.The petition allowed the top court to open its doors to a referendum because a change in the constitution can only be proposed by either the president, the government, a quarter of lawmakers in parliament or a petition with at least 500,000 signatures from Romanian citizens.


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