Slovenia: Pro-family group submits constitutional complaint to overturn ban on referendum

d3e65bafbde862c2ca2505c39f4f5b9a3ac84108As the saga on same-sex “marriage” continues, democracy and rule of law are put to a test in Slovenia. Already back in 2012 the attempt by a left-leaning political class to introduce same-sex “marriages” into the country’s statute books was overturned by a popular referendum. As a reaction to this unexpected defeat, the politicians changed the rules for popular referenda, introducing an additional quorum that significantly raises the threshold for such a referendum to be considered successful. Once this was achieved, they adopted a new law to introduce same-sex “marriages”. But again, despite the new procedural burdens, the citizens’ initiative “Za otroke gre” (It is for the Children) managed to collect many more statements of support than would actually have been required to make a popular referendum compulsory: in a first step 80.000 (instead of the required 2.000) uncertified signatures were collected within a week, and in a second step 40.000 certified signatures were collected in less than 4 days (instead of 35 days, as required by the Constitution). In other words, all points to the conclusion that public opinion in Slovenia is overwhelmingly opposed against the absurd idea of legally recognizing same-sex “marriages”.

But the political class in Ljubljana does not want its prestige project torpedoed and sunk for a second time. This is why the the parliamentary majority has put in a veto against the referendum, on the pretext that marriage is a fundamental right, and holding a referendum would be “unconstitutional”.

This argument is laughable.  How can something that until 2001 was not a right anywhere in the world (and still isn’t one in Slovenia) suddenly be a fundamental right?  Of course the right of a man and a woman to marry is a fundamental right – it has always end everywhere been regarded as such. But the arbitrary re-definition of the term “marriage” to include the by nature infertile cohabitation of sodomites is neither fundamental, nor is it a right.

“Za otroke gre” are now challenging the Parliament’s ill-founded veto against the referendum before the Constitutional Court. Even here they had to face some arbitrary obstacles, given that President of the National Assembly had arbitrarily set a deadline of just seven days for lodging a constitutional complaint. The original complaint had therefore been submitted already on 26 March, requesting an extension of the deadline. This was granted, so that the organizers of citizens’ initiative were now able to complement their submission.

The full text of the constitutional complaint (in Slovene) has been published on the internet (see here) – in order to keep the public informed and ensure that all arguments are properly dealt with (and not, as law courts sometimes do, passed over in silence…).

Whatever the outcome, the Slovene Parliament’s obscene misuse of power to silence the vox populi on an issue as important as this clearly would deserve some international scrutiny, e.g. at the Council of Europe. At the same time it evidences just how important the project of re-defining (and thereby destroying) the institutions of marriage and family is for Europe’s residual Communists.