Just nine months ago Slovenia become the lone country in Central or Eastern Europe to legalize marriage equality, but now the former Yugoslav nation is reversing course.
In March, Slovenia’s 90-seat parliament voted 51-28 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
“This amendment defines marriage as a lifelong community of two persons, regardless of their sex, eliminating the discriminative situation in force up to now,” said Matej T. Vatovec, a legislator for the opposition United Left party, when introducing the bill.
But the people of Slovenia had other ideas. Early polling results from a vote ending Sunday indicate that around 63 percent of voters want the law repealed. To make a vote binding, Slovenian election laws require at least 20 percent of voters weigh in at the polls. With more than 380,000 people turning out on this issue, the vote sticks.
In recent years, other countries in the region have banned same-sex couples from marrying, including Macedonia and Croatia — two other former Yugoslav republics.
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