Romania: Referendum to ban gay marriage fails on weak voter turnout

Too few eligible voters in Romania turned out for a two-day referendum that sought to prevent same-sex marriages by changing the country’s constitution, election officials said on October 7.

The national election bureau said late Sunday, after polls closed, that voter turnout was 20.4 per cent, far short of the 30 per cent needed for the vote to be valid.

The referendum, supported by the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD), asked voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would have changed the definition of family by declaring that a marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Presently, it defines a union as between spouses, a gender-neutral term.

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