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Gay Marriage banned in Croatia
(Blogmensgo, gay blog December 5, 2013) More than 65% of the votes were validated by referendum on 1 st December 2013, a constitutional amendment to define marriage as "a union between a man and a woman" in Croatia . Only 38% of voters had moved.
Sometimes I feel this world is going backwards rather than forwards.
The current Croatian Constitution does not define marriage. The referendum was to counter a hypothetical bill "partnership between persons of the same sex" that would pave the center-left government, which called for a vote no in the referendum. In Croatia, gay couples with at least three years of cohabitation since 2003 have the same rights - including property matters - as heterosexual common-law couples.
Some 700 000 people, with the active support of the Catholic Church (in a country where 90% of the population identifies as Catholic) signed the petition that allowed Parliament to call a referendum. The initiative came from the collective ultraconservative "On behalf of the family."
Croatia is a member of the European Union since July 2013. In this country, the Gay Pride has been celebrated since 2002. But as Zagreb to Split, processions together less than 5 000 people and take place under heavy police surveillance.
Comment. Croatia presents itself as a democracy. And validates a constitutional referendum which did not participate, 38% of voters and have validated that 65% of registered voters. In other words, the referendum had the lowest participation rate of Croatian history and constitutional amendment has been passed by less than 25% of voters.
Such a referendum, in a democracy that respects himself, should be invalidated insufficient quorum. I remember that democracy means government by the people . With 38% stake, it is no longer a democracy but a bedlam.
Use the referendum as a weapon against the fundamental rights and freedoms falls within the mafia gang. Even the mafia can they rely on a code of honour. The code of honour of those who voted constitutional amendment boils down to their own abjection.
In addition abjection bad faith. Opponents of gay marriage say (see above) that common-law couples have the same rights, whether homosexual or heterosexual. Homosexual couples are missing the two most fundamental rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples cohabiting simple: the right to marry and the right to raise children.
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