Romania: Constitutional Court gives green light to referendum to protect marriage and family

96b4b295-4950-40ec-80da-788e18fb2760The Romanian Constitutional Court has approved a citizen’s initiative that aims to clarify the constitutional definition of family in order to prevent arbitrary and counter-natural re-definitions. This is an important step towards a referendum that the initiative, which has collected more than 3 million signatures in just a few weeks, has been calling for.

The proposal suggests altering Article 48.1 which currently states that “The family is founded on the freely consented marriage of the spouses, their full equality, as well as the right and duty of the parents to ensure the upbringing, education and instruction of their children”. The rewording aims to remove the reference to “spouses”, replacing it with a specific reference to one man and one woman.

The constitutional amendment will now be discussed by Parliament. Any proposal to amend the Romanian constitution must be approved by a three-quarters majority of both chambers before a referendum is held.