2.000 signatures were needed to initiate the process, but more than 80.000 were delivered – this means that the first step towards a popular referendum to annul the Slovenian Parliament’s decision to recognize same-sex “marriages” has been taken. The result is really impressive, given that the deadline to accomplish this first step was only one week.
The next step will be to collect 40.000 certified signatures over a period of 35 days in support of the referendum. This is expected to begin in the second half of this month. Citizens have to go to their municipal administration and exhibit their passports to sign the petition. However, given the high turnout in the first step (where signatures did not need to be certified), the threshold of 40.000 signatures is certainly not insurmountable.
The final and decisive step will then be a popular referendum in which all citizens will be asked to decide whether the controversial law shall enter into force or not. A simple majority of the votes cast will decide; there is no required minimum turnout. In 2012, when a similar referendum was held, 280.000 No votes were sufficient to ensure that the re-definition of marriage was blocked.