Romania sets date for referendum to block gay marriage
BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania set an Oct. 6-7 date for a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing same sex partnerships from ever being legal in one of the few EU states to still ban them.
Most EU countries allow either same sex marriages or civil partnerships, but Romania does not even recognize those performed abroad. Its constitution now defines a family as including spouses, without explicitly specifying their sex.
A group called Coalition for the Family has collected 3 million signatures in favor of the change. The lower house of parliament voted in favor last year and the senate voted earlier this month, making the referendum the last stage needed to enact the change.