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Wednesday, 16 March 2016 01:25

Georgia Could Ban Marriage Equality

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Giorgi Kvirikashvili

 

Georgia (I specify that it is the European country and not the US state) could actually soon rule on the equal marriage ban in its constitution.

This is certainly the wish of Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili who announced his intention to amend the text to describe marriage as a union only between a man and a woman.

It is in a briefing that the Georgian Prime Minister made the announcement of a probable change in the constitution, and therefore the definition of marriage, stating that marriage should be protected.

"The defense of such an important value as marriage should be guaranteed at the level of the country's constitution," he said.

And all this by stating that he opposes discrimination. (We so believe you).

The Georgian government is unfortunately a Conservative one and it seems that there will be no real opposition to the bill when it is introduced to Parliament. Despite all that, it is not necessarily the same in the House, where there would be a little opposition.

Speaker David Usupashvili said the text change is "a political trap". However, let's stay cautious because Usupashvili is far from favorable to equal marriage. He just thinks, in the national interest, it would not be good to change the constitution to ban it.

Remember that the Constitutional Court of the country had been seized by Giorgi Tatishvili to legalize equal marriage.

So there are really two battles, each going in a totally different direction from the other. We hope in any case that Giorgi will be the winner.

Photo by Beso Gulashvili/Presidential Press Service

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