Referendum on constitutional definition of family has a chance

MORE than 45 percent of people would go to the ballot boxes if the referendum, initiated by The Family Alliance (AZR), concerning the constitutional definition and protection of family took place. However, such referendums only take effect if if more than half of the voters attend the vote.

MORE than 45 percent of people would go to the ballot boxes if the referendum, initiated by The Family Alliance (AZR), concerning the constitutional definition and protection of family took place. However, such referendums only take effect if if more than half of the voters attend the vote.

A poll made beginning September on a sample of 1,043 respondents by the Focus polling agency found that 45.5 percent of those polled would go to the ballot boxes; while 28.5 percent are hesitant. The remaining one-quarter said they would probably not cast a vote, the TASR newswire reported.

As many as 89.3 percent of the respondents agreed that the word marriage should be used only when referring to the union of a man and a woman. AZR is also seeking to prevent same-sex couples from adopting children, and 79.4 percent of the respondents backed this idea. Meanwhile, 76.4 percent of the respondents agreed that no other form of partnership apart from marriage should have special protection and enjoy the rights and obligations granted to heterosexual married couples.

The lowest level of support reaching 68.2 percent among the four principles was given to the idea of preventing schools from requiring that pupils attend classes dealing with sex education and euthanasia if their parents are against this, according to TASR

However, the referendum might not take place at all, as the Constitutional Court scrutinises the constitutionality of the referendum questions after President Andrej Kiska filed the motion, the SITA newswire reported on September 24. The constitution does not allow referendum about fundamental rights.

“If there were no legitimate doubts that the questions pertain to the fundamental human rights and freedoms, I will announce holding the referendum,” Kiska said in early September, as quoted by SITA.

(Source: TASR, SITA)

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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