A referendum which sought to strengthen Slovakia's constitutional ban on gay marriage failed Saturday.
According to the
BBC, the question failed due to low turnout. A minimum of 50% of
eligible voters must participate in order for such ballots to be
valid, but only 21.4% of voters showed up at the polls.
Voters were asked whether marriage can
be limited to heterosexual couples; whether gay couples should be
banned from adopting children; and whether parents have the right to
let their children skip sex education classes.
Opponents of the measure had encouraged
voters to stay home.
However, among those who voted 90%
supported strengthening the nation's ban.
The referendum was spearheaded by the
conservative group Alliance for Family.
“We will continue our struggle to
protect the family,” the group's Anton Chromik said.
October, Chromik said that the referendum was needed because
“losing the meaning of marriage causes losing of love and in the
long run leads to a serious harm of children.”
approve gay marriage ban.)