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Romania Vote For Same-Sex Marriage Ban Fails

When the polls closed in Romania on October 7th, 2018 only 20.4 % of eligible voters had cast their ballot on the referendum to amend the constitution.

The proposed amendment would change the constitutional definition of marriage, from a union of “spouses” to a union of one man and one woman. If passed, the amendment would prevent any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage through law in the future. The measure had passed the country's two chambers of parliament already, making the referendum vote the final stage in the amendment process.

The Roman Orthodox Church, and all but one parliamentary party supported the proposed amendment. Conservative Romania is one of the only countries in the EU where discrimination against LGBT+ minority is commonplace.

“I don’t want family values to be transformed into arguments that encourage the darkest demons and hatred against sexual minorities,”.
— Franz Timmermans

Opponents to the amendment say that it is an attempt to make LGBT+ citizens feel like a second-class citizens. The EU Commission's deputy chief, Frans Timmermans was alarmed when the amendment got though the first two parliamentary houses and made it’s way to the vote. To this point he said, “I don't want family values to be transformed into arguments that encourage the darkest demons and hatred against sexual minorities,".

It is unclear whether conservative groups will attempt the amendment for a second time.

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