Romanians are to vote next month on a definition of what constitutes a family, after parliament passed a bill allowing a plebiscite on whether to change the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Romanians are set to vote in a referendum next month on whether they want to change their constitution so that it bans same-sex marriage by defining a family as a “consensual union between a man and a woman”. The country’s Senate passed a bill on Tuesday afternoon, three years after the Coalition for the Family, an umbrella organisation made up of religious and church-backed NGOs, managed to collect the three million signatures required to submit the proposed legislation on the referendum to parliament. Only 13 senators voted against it. The lower chamber of parliament passed the bill in May 2017. It also needs to be promulgated by the president and the government is required to organise a plebiscite within a month of its publication in the country’s Official Journal. Redefining the definition of family in the constitution that currently describes marriage as “a union between spouses” has been one of the main topics debated by Romanian civil society and politicians in recent years.
via balkan insight: Romanian ‘Family’ Referendum Targets Same-Sex Marriage