Slovenia rejects same-sex marriage

Yesterday, Slovenians voted in a referendum against giving same-sex couples the right to get married.  63.5 percent voted “No”, though only one in three – 36 percent – turned out to vote.

In March of this year, the Slovene Parliament agreed to redefine marriage as “between two people” instead of “between a man and a woman.” However, a Church-led citizen’s initiative, called ‘for children’, appealed the decision, calling for a referendum to repeal the amendment.

Sophie int Veld MEPSophie in ‘t Veld MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s LGBTI working group, responded to the news saying, “Equal marriage will come, sooner or later. We easily forget that equal marriage was adopted in the Netherlands just fourteen years ago. The rest of the world thought we were crazy. Today 12 EU Member States have equal marriage, and 22 countries worldwide.”

“Last month, we celebrated Cyprus joining the growing list of countries legally recognising same-sex couples via registered partnership. Equal marriage will one day exist throughout the EU. And the EU will be a happier place for it!”