Coalitia pentru Familie has collected enough signatures to get a national vote on amending the constitution. They want to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
At present, marriage is defined as a union between gender-neutral “spouses”.
Senators approved this referendum that will be held on October 6 and 7, 2018.
Even if Romania allows neither civil unions nor equal marriage for same-sex couples, the recognition of LGBT unions will be more difficult as you know it. Any attempt to legalize marriage equality will face the definition of marriage in the constitution.
So several organizations have launched a court challenge. Amnesty International, the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law (ECSOL) and the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) will try to end this referendum.
“Instead of recognizing that everyone is entitled to the same human rights and equal protection under the law, this referendum panders to homophobia and might result in constitutional changes that would violate the European and international law,” said Arpi Avetisyan, litigation officer for ILGA-Europe.
“If approved, these changes would be a clear backward step for Romania and would have a severe impact on the lives of families not based on marriage,” added Barbora Cernusaková, a researcher from Amnesty International.
A group of NGOs has launched a legal challenge to try to cancel the referendum that would prevent the recognition of LGBT unions in Romania. Let's hope it works.