Romania: Broadcast of same-sex marriage debate interrupted

Source: Associated Press

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s national broadcaster apologized Saturday after a studio camera operator interrupted a live TV debate on a referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage.

TVR1 said sorry to viewers after a broadcast was interrupted when a technical staff member used “inappropriate language,” during a Friday evening discussion between a spokesman supporting the referendum and a gay rights activist.

There is heated debate in Romania before the Oct. 6-7 referendum, which is seeking to limit the constitutional definition of family to heterosexual, married couples. The constitution currently says marriage is a union of spouses. Romania doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage or grant legal protection to same-sex couples.

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