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
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