Tag Archives: Romania

ROMANIA: Ruling Party To Introduce Civil Unions Bill After Hate Groups Fail With Marriage Ban Referendum

Reuters reports: Romania’s ruling party aims to introduce legislation to legalise civil unions for same-sex couples, the state news agency quoted a cabinet minister as saying, after a referendum to curb such rights failed to draw enough voters to be valid. Sunday’s referendum to change Romania’s constitution to prevent same sex couples from securing the right to marry was seen …

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ROMANIA: Boycott Thwarts Marriage Referendum

Reuters reports: A two-day referendum to change Romania’s constitution so same-sex couples cannot secure the right to marry failed to meet the required 30 percent voter turnout to be validated, a preliminary estimate from an opposition party showed on Sunday. Opposition Save Romania Union (USR) said they estimated voter turnout stood at 19.5 percent when polls closed at 1800 GMT. …

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ROMANIA: Top Court Backs Rights For Gay Couples

Radio Free Europe reports: Romania’s top court has ruled that gay couples should have the same family rights as heterosexuals, a judgment that comes ahead of a national referendum seeking to ban same-sex marriage. The Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex couples had the same rights to a private and family life as heterosexuals and should “benefit from…. legal and juridical …

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ROMANIA: Parliament Approves National Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage After Push By US Hate Groups

The Associated Press reports: Romanian Senators approved a measure that could pave the way for the constitution to be changed to explicitly state that marriage is a union of a man and a woman. Senators on Tuesday voted 107-13 with seven abstentions to allow a referendum that could change the constitution, which currently states that marriage is a union between …

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Giuliani Slams Romania’s Anti-Corruption Reforms In Letter To Their President, Was Paid By Lobbyists For It

The New York Times reports: Romania, long considered one of the most corrupt states in the European Union, has made energetic efforts to root out graft, with high-profile lawmakers caught in the cross hairs and concerns about the rule of law prompting rallies attended by tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of protesters. Now, unexpectedly, Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s …

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Top EU Court Rules Married Gays Have Residency Rights In Nations That Don’t Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

The BBC reports: The European Union’s top court has ruled in favour of a Romanian gay man’s right to have his US husband live with him in Romania. The country, which does not recognise same-sex marriage, had argued that the American was not entitled to the EU residency rights awarded to spouses. But the European Court of Justice said the …

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European Union High Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Case That Could Expand Rights To All Member Nations

The New York Times reports: The European Union’s highest court began examining a case on Tuesday over a Romanian man’s attempts to get legal residency for his American husband, a closely watched hearing that will have major implications for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships across Europe. The case, legal experts say, could determine whether same-sex partners are afforded some …

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ROMANIA: US Christian Hate Groups Provide Help In Advance Of Referendum To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Politico reports: Romania is gearing up to hold a referendum to amend the constitution to prohibit gay marriage, a move that civil rights groups warn could put the country on an “illiberal” path alongside the likes of Hungary and Poland. Romania’s civil code forbids same-sex marriage, and civil partnerships — whether between heterosexual or gay partners — are not legal. …

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ROMANIA: Constitutional Court To Consult With European Court Of Justice On Same-Sex Marriage Case

NBC News reports: Romania’s constitutional court said Tuesday it would consult with a European court regarding the case of a same-sex couple who want their marriage abroad to be legally recognized in Romania. Court president Valer Dorneanu said he was seeking information from the European Court of Justice to see how other EU countries where same-sex marriages are not legal …

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ROMANIA: Liberty Counsel Files Court Brief In Support Of Proposed Referendum To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Via press release from the Liberty Counsel: Liberty Counsel continues to assist the citizens of Romania who are working on a nationwide constitutional referendum that would modify their Constitution to clarify that marriage is the foundational and fundamental societal institution and is naturally defined as the union of one man and one woman. Romania’s Constitutional Court recently approved and confirmed …

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Liberty Counsel: We Stopped Gay Marriage In Romania

Two days ago I reported that anti-gay groups affiliated with the Eastern Orthodox Church won a court ruling in Romania that will allow a national referendum on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Today the Liberty Counsel takes credit. Via press release: In a major victory for natural marriage and the right of Romanian citizens to determine their own destiny, …

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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 …

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ROMANIA: Orthodox Church Collects Three Million Signatures In Push To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Agence France-Presse reports: Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state. Several groups linked to the Orthodox Church and united under the umbrella Coalition for Family are seeking a constitutional amendment to narrowly define marriage as the “union between a man and a woman”. It is …

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ROMANIA: Haters Gather 825K Signatures Backing Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Emboldened by Parliament’s rejection of a civil unions bill last month, anti-LGBT activists in Romania are well on their way to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Romania Insider reports: Romania’s Coalition for Family, which includes 23 associations and NGOs, has gathered 825,000 signatures in support of an initiative to amend the Constitution to only allow the marriage between men …

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ROMANIA: Parliament Rejects Civil Unions

On Friday the Romanian Parliament resoundingly defeated a civil unions bill put forward by Green Party president and 2009 presidential candidate Remus Cernea [INSET].  In 2013 Cernea introduced a similar bill, spurring a denouncement by the Orthodox Archbishop of Tomis, who said that Cernea is controlled by Satan. Cernea’s latest attempt failed after an MP suggested that civil unions would …

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ROMANIA: Dozens Killed In Bucharest Nightclub Fire Following Rock Concert Pyrotechnics

In an incident that echoes the gruesome Rhode Island nightclub fire of 2003, dozens of concert attendees in Bucharest, Romania were killed tonight in a nightclub fire that may been sparked by a metal band’s pyrotechnics. The Express reports: At least 25 people have been killed and 88 wounded in the blast – thought to have been triggered by fireworks. …

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Eurovision: Romania’s Cezar

OMG, paging Klaus Nomi! Romania’s Cezar is an opera singer who starts deep and then launches into the disco stratosphere. He’s won several “Best Countertenor” contests at European opera competitions. I’ve been waiting for something this deliriously fun. THIS is Eurovision. Cezar says he’s not gay, but does have “many gay friends.” Uh-huh.

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Horse Meat, Donkey Meat

Some of the horse meat that’s been labeled as beef in European supermarkets may not even be horse meat. A law banning horses from Romanian roads may be responsible for the surge in the fraudulent sale of horse meat on the European beef market, a French politician said today.  Horse-drawn carts were a common form of transport for centuries in …

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Romania Mocks Britain On Immigration

Romania and Bulgaria both become full European Union members (regarding the right to work) next year and the UK government is reportedly mulling plans to discourage a mass migration to Britain. In response to those reports, a Romanian ad campaign has launched in which Britain’s cuisine and climate are mocked. UPDATE: A reader clarifies that Romania and Bulgaria joined the …

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Eurovision: Romania’s Hotel FM

Bright, poppy, cute.

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