In Slovenia, citizens have rejected same-sex marriage - and declared themselves against the equality of homosexuals. Opponents of the law received, according to the State Election Commission, more than the legally required number of 342,000 votes.
The Slovenian parliament had allowed same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children nine months ago. The conservative opposition and the Catholic Church had then forced the vote. The vote was also declared by them as a vote of no confidence against the government of Miro Cerar, who proposed permits for marriages of homosexuals.
Church and opposition groups rejected the law because it threatens traditional values in their view. Opponents argue that only a relationship between man and woman could give children a happy upbringing.
BRK / dpa
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