John M. Becker

Slovakia Holding Referendum on Marriage Next Year

Filed By John M. Becker | November 30, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: corruption, distraction, gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage discrimination amendment, marriage equality, political stunt, same-sex marriage, Slovakia

slovakia-flag.gifEarlier this year, nation of Slovakia disgraced itself by enshrining marriage discrimination against same-sex couples into its constitution.

But politicians in the heavily Roman Catholic, central European country apparently just can't get enough of the whole legislative gay-bashing thing: Slovakia's president announced Thursday that there will be a national voter referendum on same-sex marriage on February 7, 2015.

The AP reports:

President Andrej Kiska's move comes after the Alliance for Family conservative group gathered about 400,000 signatures supporting the vote.

Slovaks will be asked whether they agree that a marriage can be called only a union between a man and a woman, same-sex partners can't adopt children, and that children wouldn't have to attend school classes on sex education if their parents don't agree with them.

Slovakia's constitutional court ruled last month at Kiska's request that such a referendum doesn't violate the constitution, but rejected a question on registered partnership as part of the vote. Kiska said he still has doubts about the referendum, but respected the ruling.

The referendum will only be legally binding if more than 50 percent of the nation's voters cast ballots in the election. In the 21 years that Slovakia has been an independent country, there have been seven such referenda, but only one has met the 50-percent threshold: the 2003 vote on whether or not to join the European Union. All six others -- including questions about financial disclosures, national nuclear policy, and political reform -- failed due to insufficient voter turnout.

This suggests that the upcoming marriage referendum may be nothing more than a shameless political stunt. Perhaps it's meant to be a distraction from the government's "mushrooming corruption scandal"?

Whatever the reason, it's utterly shameful.

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