Romania is set to hold a divisive constitutional referendum on October 7 after the country’s senate voted to approve an amendment that would change the constitutional definition of a married couple from ‘two spouses’ to ‘a man and a woman’. If validated by voters, the change would make the legalization of same-sex marriage in Romania impossible without a further change to the constitution. The redefinition was first proposed in 2016 by an extremist pressure group called the Family Coalition, which claimed to have collected more than three million signatures of support. The Romanian parliament long delayed ratification of the proposal as successive governments put off taking responsibility for the constitutional change.
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