On 6 December, Armenia held a referendum on a package of constitutional reforms. The adopted constitutional amendments also include a clarification of marriage. Article 34 previously provided that: “Men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry”. This was understood to mean that “marriages” between persons of the same-sex were not possible. However, in order to further clarify this, the article has been amended so that it now says: “Men and women of marriageable age have the right to marry with each other.”
In this way, Armenia is gearing up for defence against possible pressures from abroad, or purposeful misinterpretations by the Constitutional Court, to introduce same-sex “marriages” against the people’s will.
In addition to clarifying the meaning of marriage, the amendment is thought to also rule out any other form of legal recognition of same-sex couples.
This is a good response to the European gay lobby’s attempt to impose its agenda on the Caucasus countries.