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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:28

The Romanians said "no" in a referendum against marriage equality

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Romania was to hold a referendum on a possible amendment to the constitution to prevent same-sex couples from getting married. An anti-LGBT group wanted to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Romanians said "no".

And not only has this attempt failed, but the ruling party has introduced legislation that could legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.

“This draft bill is finalized and...my fellow lawmakers will submit it in parliament next week,” European Affairs Minister Victor Negrescu told the state news agency Agerpres.

Romania has been criticized by the European Commission. All members of the European Union must respect the rights of their citizens, and this includes LGBT citizens. Until now, Romania was very far from fulfilling the criteria.

LGBT organization ILGA-Europe had pointed out the lack of LGBT rights. Romania was ranked 25 out of 28 countries due to hate speech, discrimination against our community and lack of recognition of same-sex unions.

Previous attempts to legalize civil unions have all failed, they have never emerged from the parliamentary legal committees. This one could be the right one.

The Romanians weren't fooled and countered the anti-LGBT group's attempt at discrimination. They said "no" to the referendum against marriage equality. This is a great victory for the LGBT community in Romania.

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