Referendum in Romania to Determine Whether Marriage is a Union Between a Man and a Woman

Romania will hold a referendum on changes to the constitution that could permanently ban gay marriages. The country does not allow marriage or civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The vote will go ahead on 7 October and it comes alongside the increasing pressure from the EU against Bucharest and the debate in the European Parliament on the state of the rule of law in Romania.

The referendum needs a 30% turnout rate and was brought by a civil society group called the “Coalition for the Family”, which states that the term “spouse” could make it easier for gay couples to win the right to marry in the future. The petition gathered 3 million signatures to generate the vote.

The country will vote on whether to limit the constitutional definition of a marriage of alliance between spouses of union between man and woman. The referendum needs 5 million votes to be valid.

Earlier this year, Romania needed a European Court of Justice ruling to grant residency rights to gay spouses married in other EU states.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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