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Croatians amend constitution to prevent same-sex marriage

Croatia, 4 December 2013: By a 65%-34% margin, voters in Croatia have approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, according to wire service reports.

Should Croatia constitutionally ban gay marriage? That is the question being answered by
voters on Sunday in a controversial referendum spearheaded by a Catholic group. Parliament had to call the referendum after the Catholic group – “In the Name of the Family” -gathered more than 740,000 signatures in support of the vote.

It wants marriage formally defined as a union between a man and a woman. President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic both opposed the amendment. His centre-left government wants a bill allowing gay couples to register their partnerships to be adopted within two weeks.

“This is the last referendum that gives a chance to the majority to strip a minority of its rights,” said Milanovic, a proponent of same-sex unions.
The nation of 4.5 million is 89% Catholic, 4% Orthodox, and 1% Muslim.Source: CWN


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