ROMANIA: Haters Win Court Ruling Allowing Parliament To Place Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Constitution

From the Associated Press:

Romania’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a request from an anti-gay group to change the constitution to state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman is constitutional. The court’s ruling Wednesday paves the way for Romania’s Parliament to vote to change the constitution, last revised in 2003, which now says marriage is between “partners” without specifying gender. Any change would need to be approved by two-thirds of lawmakers. Gay rights groups protested the ruling and planned a march later Wednesday.

I reported back in May that over three million petition signatures in support of the ban had been collected by groups affiliated with the Eastern Orthodox Church. About 80% of Romania’s 20 million residents are members. Romania’s Parliament overwhelmingly rejected civil unions in December 2015.

  • WeRTheSquirrels

    Don’t they still believe in vampires? Not exactly an evolved area.

    • Mike Solo

      Not in the main cities. Kind of like how many believe in ghosts in the US. They do cater to the tourists though! Driving back to work in the woods of Transylvania did see a cart full of garlic though…

    • Lumpy Gaga

      “Look, honey! Real villagers, with real torches and pitchforks! This is the best cruise ever!”

      • Treant

        “Dear heart, they seem to be coming this way. Do you think my gay pride T-shirt is a bit much, perhaps?”

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Felching is a First Amendment right!!!!

        • Uncle Mark

          The villagers are afraid that you will suck something and “turn them.”

      • Joseph Miceli

        Sounds like Jamaica .

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Pfft! Everyone knows Romania is really lousy with werewolves and dragons….not Vampires! Okay, their was that one famous bloodsucker but he’s a hometown hero.

      http://www.beyonddracula.com/romanian-mythology/

    • livia

      i really don’t know why you’d think romanians believe in vampires, we don’t. the whole transylvania thing is just a business. however, way too many people believe in god in a way that makes them the opposite of kind and accepting. as a lgbtq romanian member and an athiest i must say i am deeply saddened and worried about this situation. this society is so undereducated and ignorant and the homophobia is very strong as it is, already, without any of this. i am really fearing for my safety.

  • Blake Jordan

    A lot of straight people really do have nothing going for them, do they…

    So they need to treat things like marriage as something special, and reserved for them, to feel better about their shitty existences!!!

    • David L. Caster

      I’m thinking in this case the shit-show can be traced to their mindless religion.

  • Mike Solo

    Having lived and worked in Bucharest, sad to see this happening as it’s truly a beautiful country with wonderful people all around who embraced me. Although they the wheels were stolen off my Ford Mondeo….

    • Mike in Texas

      When were you there? I lived in Bucharest during the 71-72 academic year. That was before Ceausescu’s madness became apparent.

      • Mike Solo

        I was there last half of 2009 as the usaf liaison to the Romanian Air Force. Got to work out of some Soviet bunkers that made me feel like a James Bond villain.

  • bkmn

    It will take some time but since Romania is an EU member this won’t hold up forever.

    • Piet

      I was wondering about that. What kind of challenge can be brought, in terms of their EU membership?

  • Luis De California

    It requires both chambers to pass the initiative by 2/3 thirds before it goes to the public then back to the Court to finalize it.

    The referendum would easily succeed with voters so we can only hope that enough MPs vote against this to stop the threshold of Ayes.

    • Chucktech

      Aren’t the MP’s in the god tank along with everybody else?

      • Luis De California

        Yes, but it also depends on how much impact the Venice Commission has. They squashed a 2013 ban attempt, but that was at the committee stage.

        In a related note, Georgia (who is also Orthodox) is trying to pass the same thing, but their threshold is 3/4 and the fact that they’re trying to ally with EU makes me think their ban is more likely to fail than Romania’s. Would be nice to have two flopped bans though 🙂

    • From your mouth to FSM’s appendages, but I have a bad feeling that Parliament is just as likely to pass this as the voters.

    • Todd20036

      I’d be more surprised if Romania quashed this.

  • zhera

    The only good thing to come out of Romania:

    • Who’s he?

      • Christopher

        Sebastian Stan. Bucky Barnes from Captain America.

        • Oh! Of course. I was too focused on the abs.

          • zhera

            Understandable.

      • zhera

        Sebastian Stan.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Well, it really does seem like the EU as it stands now is falling apart anyways. A lot of people are reviving talk of a “two-speed Europe” with a core of maybe 9 or 10 countries that are willing to move ahead, and then the rest in some kind of associated or partial status or with special association deals like Norway and Switzerland.

    I think that is what will happen now. The Eurozone will become the “real” EU. The countries that don’t use the Euro and don’t comply with the other goals will be in a second-tier status.

  • Bill Post

    Well damn, there goes my plans for an Atlantis Event to Bucharest.

    • TuuxKabin

      They offer other destinations. Barcelona’s one. If you haven’t been I recommend a visit. Gorgeous city and environs and the Catalans are lovely. Food’s good too. Lots to do there.

  • Chucktech

    The farther east in Europe you go, the more the more the pestilence of religion and the homo hate it spawns grows in influence.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Sad, so much hate, such a big world

    • HadenoughBS

      As a member state of NATO and the European Union, it’s too bad these third world countries are granted initial or continued membership in these prestigious organizations when they treat their citizens like they’re second or third class. But, hey, it’s as if the GOP is running countries like Romania, eh, Vice President wannabe Mike Pence???

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Sad, so much religion, such a big world

  • OdieDenCO

    You’d think that after 1/2 a century of repression under Soviet rule, these former satellite countries would understand the injury being done with this law.

    • IamM

      Sadly history shows that persecution doesn’t improve character, it makes people angry not thoughtful.

    • Hank

      It only shows how POWERFUL the Orthodox Churches REALLY are, both in Romania and Russia!!!

      • MB

        Only because their populations live in fear and with abysmal education. With almost a 20% rate of illiteracy and Ceausescu’s programs of Marxist ideology based on conformity and anti individualism (that he considers education) only 8 percent of those eligible for higher education were permitted to enroll.
        It is little wonder that the powerful EOChurch fills the void in Romanian society with their mysticism and fanatacism.

        • George Waite

          But you LOVE the icons and incense; how could this be?

      • Goodboy

        I don’t see the difference between them and any other hate group.

      • GanymedeRenard

        And in Greece. Good thing they at least managed to get a civil unions law last year.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The sheep will continue to be lead by power and money hungry con artists selling them the invisible character that give them empty promises that will never be realize in their lifetime.

  • shellback

    And yet, they seem to be doing nothing about the rampant vampire problem.

    • Alan43

      My thought exactly. Why is it legal for vampires to marry but not gays?

      Say, many places ban gays from donating blood. Does Romania ban vampires from drinking gay blood?

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  • Kevin Perez

    So the strigoi don’t like the gay! Now I understand why they won’t allow us to donate blood.

  • BearEyes

    it takes all these laws and amendments to define marriage, but they still claim it’s from their “god”
    Irony much?

  • JT

    Romania is hypersensitive about its proximity to its neighbors the Bulgars who are associated with a certain horizontal sport.

  • MB

    Might as well destroy all the cars, buses trains and motorized farm equipment too.
    These fools are dead set on a course back to the 13th century hammer and sickle peasant slavery.
    IDIOTS.

    • George Waite

      Religion doesn’t seem to be helping them much.

  • Mark

    Hmph. Sounds like Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma………et al.

    And that’s what the fight is all about. CIVIL rights. HUMAN rights.
    Vote BLUE no matter WHO!

  • aar9n

    When in Romania there were more hookers on the streets than all the closeted Republicans combined. And the churches I saw were old and empty.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Fuck you Greek Orthodox Church and fuck christians. Gullible people can always be swayed by their bigotry and no one is more gullible than those who are religious . Go ahead Romania I’m sure shitting on gay people will fix all of your problems . i’ll just continue to enjoy watching Your Supposedly “straight, Romanian men degrade themselves on cam .

    • Ben in Oakland

      It’s not the Greek Orthodox, it’s Romanian orthodox.

      • Joseph Miceli

        “The name Greek Orthodox Church is a term referring to the body of several Churches within the larger communion of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, whose liturgy is or was traditionally conducted in Koine Greek, the original language of the New Testament, and whose history, traditions, and theology are rooted in the early Church Fathers and the culture of the Byzantine Empire.” Wikipedia
        (I don’t want to be a Melania!)

        • George Waite

          Isn’t she Slovene-they’re 95% Catholic, aren’t they?

  • rextrek1

    well there goes my GAY Plans for a ROMANIAN TRIP of a LIFETIME LOL

    • Treant

      I know, right? I wanted to see how many vampires would suck me.

  • MBear

    religion is vile

  • sword

    Romania wants to be a Putin clone but with all the benefits of belonging to the EU.

  • Gigi

    Talibangelists suck, and not in the good way.

  • Christopher Smith

    The country which produced Ceausescu continues its death spiral of hate.

  • Phil in Colorado

    The gay couples in Romania ARE married. Someday soon hopefully, Romania will catch up with that fact….

  • James

    Like all homophobic places, Romania is a shithole.

  • Stefan

    The head of the gouverment in Romania said that they refect this, so you can be sure as hell that the parlament will pass the request for the referendum. Remember that Romania is the only country from the iron curtain, that made a revolution with blood,they executed the dictator in the first day of Christmass, so ofc they are afraid not to get killed.

  • JCF
  • Congratulations, Romania. Way to skip right over that 3rd world category and straight into stone age.