1. You Are At:
  2. Home
  3. Ap News
  4. Romanians vote on changing the definition of marriage

Romanians vote on changing the definition of marriage

Romanians went to the polls for a second day of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage

Reported by: AP [ Published on: October 07, 2018 12:30 IST ]
Image Source : AP Romanians vote on changing the definition of marriage

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians are voting for a second day on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Central Electoral Bureau said 5.72 percent of voters had cast a ballot Saturday in the two-day referendum. The vote requires a 30 percent turnout to be valid.

The conservative Coalition for Family initiated the referendum, backed by the influential Romanian Orthodox Church. During Sunday services, priests are expected to encourage the faithful to vote.

The proposed amendment would change the definition of family in Romania's Constitution to make marriage a union between a man and a woman instead of between "spouses." Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Romania.

Opponents say the new constitutional language could make LGBT people feel more like second-class citizens and could discriminate against non-traditional families.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

Write a comment