Croatia: 68% of voters against gay marriage

Opinion poll ahead of referendum on constitutional amendment

26 November, 16:01

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, NOVEMBER 26 - A majority of Croatians, or 68%, said they will vote in favor of a constitutional amendment de facto prohibiting same-sex marriages, according to an opinion poll that ran on local media Tuesday.

    In five days, Croatians will vote in what will be the country's first-ever popularly organized referendum. The issue is whether or not the Constitution should specifically define marriage as ''a union between a man and a woman''.

    Another 27% of respondents said they will vote against the amendment, and 5% said they were undecided.

    The referendum was started by Catholic associations who collected 750,000 signatures, equal to about 20% of the electorate.

    ''We want to prevent homosexual marriages from ever being legalized in Croatia, especially after France legalized them'', a spokesperson said.

    The Croatian Catholic church, the Serbian Orthodox church, Bosnian Muslim religious authorities, and center-right parties have declared themselves in favor of the amendment and against same-sex marriage.

    The government, center-left parties, and a significant portion of the media and the academic world said they stand against the amendment, and for gay marriage rights. (ANSAmed).

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