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Slovenians reject referendum to recognise same-sex marriage

Ljubljana — On Sunday, Slovenians voted on a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. The referendum failed to pass, with opposing majority.

Slovenia, whose population largely practice Roman Catholicism, neither recognizes marriage between nor allows full child adoption by two persons of the same sex. Even as a member of the European Union, its position has not changed.

The issue has been still debated in the country. In 2012, a majority of participating voters opposed a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage.

Pro-gay rights activists wait for the exit polls results following same-sex marriage; voters eventually rejected the proposition of same-sex marriage
Pro-gay rights activists wait for the exit polls results following same-sex marriage; voters eventually rejected the proposition of same-sex marriage

The government earlier this year passed a to legally recognize same-sex marriage. However, the law had not been enforced; a civil group translated as For or Are at Stake demanded a referendum to the top court. The group’s petition for a referendum collected at least 40,000 signatures.

In preliminary results from this year’s elections, around 36.18% out of more than 1.7 million registered voters voted on the referendum. 63.5% voted to oppose the referendum, while 36.5% voted in favor.

Slovenia, however, has been allowing civil union registration by same-sex couples since 2006. Also, it allows them to adopt of either partner’s previous marriage(s). Thirteen European Countries, such as France and Spain, and five non-European countries legally recognize same-sex marriages.

From Wikinews under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence
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