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Slovakia: Citizens head to polls in anti-gay marriage referendum01:28

Slovakia: Citizens head to polls in anti-gay marriage referendum

Slovakia, Bratislava
February 7, 2015 at 21:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Slovakian citizens filled a polling station in Bratislava on Saturday, to vote in a national referendum to block marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. With the Catholic Church backing the vote against increasing rights to same-sex couples, Slovakia may become one of the first European Union members to take a conservative turn towards gay rights legislation.

The referendum was organised after the conservative volunteer organisation ‘Alliance for Children’ collected 400,000 signatures in a petition calling for the vote. Churches and clerical institutions were heavily involved in the campaign, with Pope Francis reportedly sending a message to campaigners expressing support for their efforts.

More than 60 percent of Slovakia’s 5.4 million population are Roman Catholic. For the referendum to pass, more than 50 percent of the electorate, or 2.2 million people, must vote.

Amnesty International has said that the vote ‘panders to homophobic discrimination.’

Slovakia: Citizens head to polls in anti-gay marriage referendum01:28
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Slovakian citizens filled a polling station in Bratislava on Saturday, to vote in a national referendum to block marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples. With the Catholic Church backing the vote against increasing rights to same-sex couples, Slovakia may become one of the first European Union members to take a conservative turn towards gay rights legislation.

The referendum was organised after the conservative volunteer organisation ‘Alliance for Children’ collected 400,000 signatures in a petition calling for the vote. Churches and clerical institutions were heavily involved in the campaign, with Pope Francis reportedly sending a message to campaigners expressing support for their efforts.

More than 60 percent of Slovakia’s 5.4 million population are Roman Catholic. For the referendum to pass, more than 50 percent of the electorate, or 2.2 million people, must vote.

Amnesty International has said that the vote ‘panders to homophobic discrimination.’

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