1.3 million signatures for constitutional ban on gay marriage in Romania

1.3 million signatures for constitutional ban on gay marriage in Romania

Bucharest, February 3, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Irina Stoica

Up to 1.3 million Romanians have signed a petition asking for constitutional ban on gay marriage. Signatures were gathered by of 23 non-governmental organizations united under the umbrella name “Coalition for Family”. Mihai Gheorghiu, president of the Coalition’s initiative committee, announced that the petition now has 1,350,000 signatures in favour of an amendment to Romania’s Constitution, which would define the marriage as the consensual union of a man and a woman.

The relevant draft law was published in the Official Gazette on 25 November 2015. It proposes the rewording of Article 48, paragraph 1 of the Constitution as “The familiy is based on a consensual marriage of one man and one woman, on their equality, and on the parents’ right and obligation to provide for bringing up, educating and training their children”.

The initiative committee includes Orthodox, Catholic, Greek Catholic, Baptist and Pentecostal believers. Article 150 of the Constitution allows amending the fundamental law if at least 500,000 citizens with voting right support a specific modification.