- March 13, 2014
The following post comes from HRC Global Fellow Jane "TJay" Thirikwa:
The Slovak Parliament is set to soon discuss a legislative proposal to amend the constitutional definition of marriage to "a union between one man and one woman". Parliament will debate the amendment during a session starting on March 18.
Slovakia’s opposition party, the Christian Democrats (KDH), and other right wing parties drafted the amendment that has been supported by Prime Minister Robert Fico's Smer. The amendment will require two-thirds majority to pass.
The country’s constitution currently does not define marriage, though there is a law on the country’s books that defines marriage as a "union between a man and a woman". Fico, a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for this month, supports the initiative and has been outspoken about the "need to protect the Slovak family". No form of same-sex civil union is legal in Slovakia.
The European Union's newest member Croatia outlawed same-sex marriage in a referendum last year, triggering a similar constitutional amendment.