Backroom deal rules out same-sex unions in Slovak constitution

Published: June 4, 2014

Today, Slovak MPs from SMER (Social-Democrats) and KDH (Christian-Democrats) voted to define marriage as a ‘unique bond between a man and a woman’ in the Constitution. Ruling party SMER agreed to the demand of opposition party KDH in exchange of their support for a judicial reform.

102 parliamentarians voted in favour of the constitutional amendment, while 18 voted against.

Ruling party SMER feared their proposal for a reform of the judiciary would meet opposition, and courted social conservatives by adopting one of their long-time demands.

The Constitution was amended to make marriage equality less likely in the future.

This amendment seeks to go further than banning marriage equality. Its explanatory referendum specifies 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”.

Although only in an explanatory memorandum, the statement seeks to outlaw any form of union for same-sex couples.

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