Slovakia To Hold Referendum Against Gay Rights

Slovakia President Andrej Kiska said Thursday that a referendum on gay rights would take place in February despite heavy criticism from human rights groups.

Earlier this year, lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment excluding gay couples from marriage.

Saying the amendment wasn’t enough, conservative group the Alliance for Families (AZR) and the Catholic Church gathered 400,000 signatures in support of the public vote.

Slovaks will weigh in on marriage and adoption rights for gay couples and whether children can opt out of sex education classes, according to the AP.

Turnout is key to passage. To be legally binding, turnout must be more than 50 percent, which has happened only once since Slovakia gained independence in 1993.

Voters will head to the polls on February 7.

by On Top Magazine Staff
Source – On Top Magazine