Slovenian voters on Sunday repealed a law that would have allowed a gay person to adopt the biological children of a partner, the AP reported.
The country’s previous center-left government last year approved a family law which included the right. The law also gave gay couples in a registered partnership, available since 2006, many of the rights and protections of marriage.
The conservative group Civil Initiative for Family and Children’s Rights forced a national referendum on the law by collecting 42,000 signatures. The group argued that gay and lesbian couples should not be given the right to adopt children.
Roughly 55 percent of voters rejected the law, and 45 percent supported it.
Religious leaders in the Roman Catholic, Serbian Orthodox and Muslim communities backed the law.
“Marriage and family are the utmost importance for the development of the human person and society,” the leaders said in a joint statement. “For this reason, we all have an obligation to protect the values of marriage and of family as a community of a husband and a wife, and children.”
by On Top Magazine Staff
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