Will Romania at last get the constitutional protection of marriage that 3,1 million citizens have been calling for?

It appears that Romanians will soon get the chance to vote for a constitutional amendment that would protect marriage and family against re-definition. An important step towards such an amendment – which an incredible 3,1 million Romanians, around a quarter of the electorate, have been calling for through a civil petition – has been taken, despite the open or tacit resistance of wide swathes of the country´s political elite.

With 232 votes in favor out of 270 (22 against, 13 abstentions, 3 NV) Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of Romania votes for amending the nation’s Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman – and also the strengthening of parental rights.

The revised Article 48, Paragraph 1, of the Constitution of Romania, as proposed by the Citizen’s Initiative, would state: “The family is founded on the freely consented marriage between a man and a woman, their full equality and the right and duty of parents to ensure the upbringing, education and instruction of children.”

The text must still be endorsed by the Senate before the nation-wide referendum can be held.