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Slovakia takes stand against gay marriage

AT A MEETING of European Union foreign affairs ministers in Brussels November 2, Slovakia unilaterally declared that it would not recognise gay marriages conducted in other EU member countries, according to the TASR news wire.

"Slovakia has taken this measure unilaterally, which means that we will have different laws in this area than the rest of the EU," Foreign Affairs Minister Eduard Kukan explained.

According to Kukan, the aim of this step is to secure a cast iron guarantee against the mutual recognition of homosexual marriages.

The EU programme for justice and home affairs, of which the mutual recognition of gay marriages is a part, is due for approval at a summit of EU leaders later this week.

The main opponents of gay marriages are the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) politicians, Interior Minister Vladimír Palko and Minister of Justice Daniel Lipšic.

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