Romania to introduce referendum that would rule out hopes for same-sex marriage

The referendum aims to restrict the constitutional definition of marriage.

Romania’s Social Democratic Party – who are currently in power – are hoping to introduce a referendum this autumn that would stop any same-sex marriage reform from progressing.

Party president Liviu Dragnea wants the referendum to keep a tight grasp on their definition of marriage, which he believes should be between a man and woman.

“LGBTI people in Romania are going through difficult times,” Vlad Viski, president of Romanian LGBTI activist group MozaiQ Association told Gay Star News.

© YouTube / Romanian President Liviu Dragnea

“Now, we see a wave of hatred directed at LGBTI people, with support from the Orthodox church and American-led neo-protestant groups.

“It is unacceptable for a party who claims European and social-democratic values to lead the battle to restrict the rights of LGBTI people.”

The Romanian Orthodox church have a severely anti-LGBT stance, saying that “there is no such thing as tolerance” when it comes to homosexuality.

They add: “The Church rejects unclean love, in order to promote and protect holy love.”

Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Romania 16 years ago, but the country has made very little progress when it come to introducing protections for LGBT+ people.

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