Terms like marriage between a man and a woman, family based on marriage or parentship and the family relationship between parents and children should be a baseline for all EU member states. Such conditions appear in the programme of a new initiative called Mum, dad and kids, the Sme daily reported.
The initiative is aimed at the individual decision making of member countries about children‘s education and the reduction of divorces in the EU. Research shows that in terms of education and growth of the child the marriage between a man and a woman provides the best and safest environment, according to the president of the initiative Edit Fridvaldszky.
“We also know that many families fail, there are a lot of divorces but we think that extreme cases should not be decisive in adopting legislation,” said Frivaldszky during the press conference held in Bratislava on September 22, as quoted by Sme.
Frivaldszky pointed out that when many European countries adopt same-sex marriages without tests or research on the effects on children and society, children are used as guinea-pigs.
Countries should decide
The system should operate in a way so that when the EU issues a regulation quoting words like marriage or family, it should contain clear but minimal content that encompasses all terms applicable to all countries. If the regulation applies only to the common requirements of countries, no country is forced to change its legislation in the area of matrimonial law. The countries could add “additional terms”, including the approval of same-sex marriages.
“While marriage between a Dutch woman and a Dutch man will be valid in Slovakia, the marriage of two Dutch men will not be recognised by legislation,” said Anton Chromík, spokesman of the Alliance for Family, as cited by Sme.
However, the initiative must get a million signatures by December 10, while in seven countries it must meet a certain minimum. Currently, it has more than 100,000 online signatures and about 80,000 signatures on paper. People can support the initiative on the website or using paper forms.
In Slovakia, the project is also associated with strengthening family relationships and giving out presents, said Chromík. In addition to collecting signatures, volunteers will hand out special bookmarks, with which spouses can demonstrate their mutual love or mark the birthday of a child as the most beautiful day of its life. Moreover, children can give their parents thank you bookmarks which say that no one can replace them, Sme reported.