Croatia: petition for anti-gay marriage referendum underway

450,000 signatures necessary, half that many gathered already

17 May, 18:36

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    (ANSAmed) – ZAGREB, MAY 17 – A segment of Croatian society has launched a petition for a referendum to amend the country's Constitution so it will define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

    While the Croatian Family Code specifies that marriage is a union between people of opposite sexes, the Constitution does not include gender in its definition.

    Called ''In the name of the family'', the initiative is supported by the Croatian Catholic Church and opposed by the center-left government of Social Democratic Premier Zoran Milanovic, who a year ago promised but has not yet introduced a special bill that would recognize gay couples. The petitioners, who have already gathered 215,000 signatures as of Sunday, have 15 more days to collect a total of 450,000 signatures, or 10% of the electorate. They will probably make the deadline for what will be Croatia's first popularly demanded referendum, analysts said.

    The idea is ''to keep Croatia from ending up like France'', organizers said. Croatia becomes an EU member nation as of July 1. (ANSAmed).

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