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Slovakia amends constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman


Slovakia amends constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman

The Slovakia National Council amended the country's constitution on Wednesday to specifically define marriage as the unique bond between one man and one woman. Of the 123 members of Slovakia's parliament that voted on the measure, only 18 voted against adopting the amendment. The amendment specifically denies same-sex couples the legal protections associated with marriage by specifying that "it will be impossible for the rights and duties associated with marriage to be conferred in any way other than a legally recognised union between a man and a woman." Entities such as Amnesty International Slovensko and the Slovak LGBT rights organization Iniciativa Inakost have expressed concern over the fact that the rush to pass the amendment gave the public little time to express its opinions regarding same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage and the rights of LGBT individuals have been hotly contested around the world. In March a group of Ugandan rights activists petitioned the country's Constitutional Court to overturn a law enacted in February criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. Also in February Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced a decree banning the adoption of Russian children by gay couples or single people from countries that legally allow same-sex marriage. In January the Supreme Court of India declined to review its controversial December decision to reinstate a law criminalizing homosexuality in the country. That same month, the Parliament of Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus passed a bill decriminalizing homosexual relations between men, making it the last European territory to do so.

(Published by Jurist – June 5, 2014)

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