Marriage Referendum in Romania Failed to Succeed

The same-sex marriage referendum, which was held over the weekend in Romania, failed to succeed.

A poll of Friday indicated the support for the change was as high as 90%. However, on the referendum, only 20% of the Romanian citizen voted, and in order to be recognized, 30% turnout rate was needed. Romanians were asked whether they wanted the constitution changed to specify that the marriage can only be between a man and a woman, BBC reported.

According to experts in Romania, same-sex marriages are not allowed anyway. The referendum was organized by the “Coalition for the Family” which gathered 3 million votes in favor of the referendum. Human rights organizations have been calling on people to boycott the referendum, which they think will push the country on the path of populism. The Romanian Orthodox Church was against it as well.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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