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Slovenia: parliament denies plea for referendum on same-sex unions

March 30, 2015

Lawmakers in Slovenia have rejected a citizens' petition for a nationwide referendum to test a new law granting legal recognition for same-sex unions.

After the Slovenian parliament approved an amendment to the country's marriage law earlier this month, opponents of the measure quickly collected 48,000 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum vote. But the legislators denied that request, voting 53 to 21 against the referendum.

The petition organizers are likely to appeal the decision to a constitutional court.


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