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Croatia to Vote on Allowing Gay Marriage

Friday Nov 8, 2013

ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatia, the newest member of the 28-nation European Union, will hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages but rights groups say the vote is unconstitutional.

Parliament voted Friday to have a Dec. 1 ballot with the question: "Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?"

If a majority vote "yes" in the referendum, Croatia's constitution will be amended to ban gay marriages.

Human rights groups have announced an appeal against the referendum, claiming it infringes on basic human rights. An anti-gay group, meanwhile, gathered over 700,000 signatures in support of the vote.

The dispute over gay rights has divided Croatia. The country has taken steps to improve gay rights, but issues such as same-sex marriage remain highly sensitive in the staunchly Catholic nation.

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  • Wayne M., 2013-11-11 20:55:45

    The submission of human, civil and equality rights to the approval of the majority negates any reason for protecting human rights. In a democracy people’s rights are protected not because of majority support, but in spite of majority support.

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