Romania’s Rotten Referendum

Next weekend Romania holds a national referendum on the definition of a family – with the proposal to redefine it to exclude people.

Article 48 of the nation’s constitution defines the family as the free-willed marriage “between spouses”. The proposal being put forward would change this to declare that a family is the union between a man and a woman – and would thus make same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

Romania does not yet have same-sex marriage in law, but this would act as another block against any progress in that direction.

There is a minimum turnout and minimum level of support requirement for referenda in Romania – at least 30% of voters have to vote and at least 25% of registered voters need to support a measure for it to pass into law.

With the proposal backed by most Romanian political groups let’s hope for very heavy rain on the weekend of October 6th that encourages everyone to stay home.