SLOVENIA: Constitutional Court Allows National Referendum To Repeal Same-Same Marriage Law

The haters in Slovenia have convinced the Constitutional Court that despite a recently-adopted ban on voting on human rights, there will be a national referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. Via Agence France-Presse:

The court’s decision comes after parliament in March adopted a bill giving same-sex couples the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples. A conservative group close to the centre-right opposition Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) and backed by the Catholic Church had contested the law. The group gathered enough signatures to trigger a referendum. But Slovenia’s parliament had halted the initiative in its tracks, claiming it was unconstitutional given that marriage heterosexual or gay is a basic right. The Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down parliament’s bid to prevent a popular vote. Under Slovenian law, any group that gathers 40,000 signatures within a month’s time can take a motion to referendum. Slovenia’s total population is estimated at around 2 million. Should more than 20 percent of the electorate take part in the referendum, and a majority of them vote against the law, it will eventually be scrapped.

So disappointing.

RELATED: The European Union currently has 28 members. Same-sex marriage is legal in twelve of them: Belgium, Denmark, Finland (effective 2017), France, Ireland (effective later this year) Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland.)  Civil unions are legal in seven EU nations: Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia (effective 2016), Germany, Hungary, and Malta. No partnership recognitions exist in nine EU nations: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia. Non-EU member Norway legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.

  • Todd20036

    And the haters salivate over what they wish would happen in the USA

  • oikos

    If the EU had any power they would mandate member states respect all human rights.

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  • Blake Jordan

    Good bye to marriage equality in Solvenia!!!
    It should be easy to get at least 20% to vote, and sadly the haterz are better at showing up to vote.

    What was the f-ing reason the unconstitutional court used to declare marriage a privilege and not a right???

    • oikos

      Icky gays.

  • BearEyes

    they don’t see us as human.

  • bkmn

    ,,

  • Brian G

    Didn’t Ultron wreck their country?

    • avidreader

      Ugh, you honestly think you’re the first person to make the Ultron joke about our small country? Up your game or leave, bitch.

      • Lighten up, Francis. i don’t even know what the “ultron joke” is. i’m sure your nation can withstand a little ribbing from cartoon enthusiasts.

  • TampaZeke

    They clearly have their very own Scalia court.

  • Gene Perry

    “… and backed by the Catholic Church …” gee, what a surprise!

    • Todd20036

      Impossible. Frank says we’re human

  • avidreader

    The Court previously blocked the referenda on saving banks and the building of the islamic cultural centre in the capital. But of course the gays are subhuman, so who cares.

    The referendum will take place around Christmas and we will lose so hard it’s going to hurt for a decade, I’m sad to say.

    • Blake Jordan

      The Slovenia legislature might as well cancel marriage equality, and try for civil unions…
      But I am sure the haterz would go for a referendum on that as well, and the Slovenia unconstitutional court will let them…

      • Shy Guy

        Registered partnerships with more limited rights have already existed since 2006.

        Ironically, this same constitutional court ruled in 2009 that this disparate treatment was discriminatory, and must be remedied. An “everything but the name marriage, and joint adoption” law was passed in 2011, and repealed by referendum in 2012.

        This new law was passed this year, after a constitutional amendment to ban referenda on fundamental rights, but seems now to be similarly doomed.

  • Robert Conner

    Might as well admit that whatever the buzz about Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic Church hates you. Dignity and blah, blah, blah aside, the Catholic Church is above the law whether it’s a question of hiding sex offenders or defeating human rights or providing full service healthcare for women. The RCC answers only to itself.

    This ain’t nothing new, folks. Educate yourself about Christian origins. Know your enemy from the inside. “Orthodox” Christianity is fundamentalist Christianity, as fundamentalist as it gets.

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/269575794/Christianity-s-Critics-The-Romans-Meet-Jesus-by-Robert-Conner

    • Chris Baker

      No one ever claimed that the Pope was all-out, pro-gay, pro-SSM. There has been a slight softening from this Pope on gays (‘Who am I to judge”). Change in actual doctrine and practice will take decades, if ever. The next Pope could be hardline. There’s a difference between the Popes personal views and official church teachings. Not that I care one way or the other what the RCC thinks.

      • Robert Conner

        Francis is certainly not as obnoxious (or creepy) as Ratzinger, but I seriously doubt he got to be Pope by differing with the magisterium. And the hierarchy is not the Pope; we still see some amazingly out to lunch opinions coming from bishops, etc.

        My point is that Catholic orthodoxy is an iron fist in a velvet glove.

      • Robert Conner

        Francis is certainly not as obnoxious (or creepy) as Ratzinger, but I seriously doubt he got to be Pope by differing with the magisterium. And the hierarchy is not the Pope; we still see some amazingly out to lunch opinions coming from bishops, etc.

        My point is that Catholic orthodoxy is an iron fist in a velvet glove.

  • jomicur

    I wonder if that wonderful clown in the Vatican will endorse this referendum too, as he did the last time around?

    • Blake Jordan

      Of course he will, it is less certain the sun will rise in the east tomorrow.

  • Stefan

    Slovenia should do what Slovakia did, and mandate that a referendum requires 50% of registered voters to take part in order for it to be valid.

    • billbear1961

      Looks like they should have done that in the first place since they can’t count on a just Court.

      Afraid it’s too late now, at least for THIS referendum.

      🙁

  • AtticusP

    I’m afraid that there will be many more skirmishes before this war is over.

    But time is on our side.

  • billbear1961

    So much for not putting fundamental rights to the vote!

    Last time they voted 5-4 (it was THAT close) in favour of a referendum, but that was with NO guidance on the issue.

    Well, THIS time they had CLEAR guidance: a constitutional amendment that FORBIDS putting fundamental rights to the vote!

    It’s pure BS to say marriage isn’t a fundamental right!

    This Court is a DISGRACE!

    Put THEIR goddamned rights to a vote and see if they think THAT is just!!

  • billbear1961

    Does anyone know what the vote was in the Court?

    Was it 5-4 again?

  • Lee

    I don’t understand how the government is liberal but the court is soviet style.

  • Timmy

    This is the first really bad news on marriage equality in an otherwise amazing year. This is so disappointing. The court was not expected to come down this way because the no-voting-on-human-rights law was intended to apply to this very situation. My guess is that we’ll lose. When asked in March 2015 how they would vote in a referendum on the law, one poll had support of 36% and another 42%. An earlier poll from February showed 51% support for the law, but that was not a question about a referendum. Should be noted that Slovenes repealed a group of laws in 2012, one of which gave limited domestic partner rights to gays; the other parts of the referendum were not gay-related. The vote was 55-45% to repeal, and most of the polls underestimated the repeal vote.

  • Justin

    How nice that they’ve solved all their actual problems and can now devote time to oppressing LGBT people. Isn’t that just special?

  • maki
  • zhera

    @Joemygod

    You forgot Iceland in your Related paragraph!

  • Duane Dimitrov

    On, Slovenia, and you were trying SO HARD to be part of the West, and not crazy, backward Eastern Europe (aka, Europe’s Alabama)!

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