Slovak voters overwhelmingly support male-female marriage, but referendum is not binding
February 09, 2015
In Slovakia, a nationwide referendum to reinforce the legal definition of marriage won overwhelming approval on February 7. But the results will not be binding because the number of voters fell far short of the required 50% figure.
The referendum, which has been heavily backed by Catholic Church leaders, drew more than 90% support from voters for propositions that would have defined marriage as a union of man and woman, barred same-sex adoption, and affirmed the role of parents in determining whether their children should receive sex education. But only 21% of the eligible voters cast ballots, making the referendum non-binding.
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