A letter from Ireland. Another update of our Marriage Map.

the_rock_of_cashel_ireland_europe-t2A reader from Ireland writes us this:

Dear Sir / Madam,

I wish to comment on and perhaps clarify a few matters pertaining to your generally helpful ‘Marriage Map’ which was explained in your posting of 28th November 2014. It occurs to me that there may be countries that could attract a number of different colours. This is so since some States continue to define marriage as the union of a man and a women (green or dark green) while simultaneously creating legal structures for the recognition of unions between persons of the same sex (yellow). Hungary would appear to be an example in so far as it constitutionally safeguards the natural law definition of marriage (dark green) while, I understand, also facilitating registered partnerships for persons of the same sex.

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Another dark green spot on the Marriage Map: Macedonia

YMazedoniaet another European country has voted to give constitutional protection to marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The parliament of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has voted 72-4 on a constitutional amendment defining that “[m]arriage shall be a life union solely of one woman and one man. In addition, the amendment also sets a new obstacle to providing homosexual relationships with another form of legal recognition (such as “civil unions”), stipulating that “legal relations in marriage, family, and civil unions are to be regulated by a law adopted by a two-thirds majority of the total number of Members of Parliament”. Continue reading

Another update on the Marriage Map: the family as a “natural society based on marriage”

Italy-Emblem_svg_copyWe have to modify our marriage map yet again. A discussion with an eminent Italian lawyer has convinced us that Italy should be shown on this map in dark green, distinguishing it as one of the countries that provide constitutional protection to marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The relevant provision is found in Article 29, first sentence, of the Italian Constitution:

“La Repubblica riconosce i diritti della famiglia come società naturale fondata sul matrimonio.”

In English this means:

“The Republic recognizes the rights of the family as natural society founded on marriage.”
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Corrigendum: Finland will not (yet) recognize same-sex “marriages”

FinnlandWe have received information from Finland that reports about new legislation on same-sex “marriage” were premature. While the Parliament has indeed with a narrow majority voted that same-sex “marriages” should be introduced, that vote was only a motion requesting the next government to prepare such a legislative proposal. There will be parliamentary elections in Finland next spring, and  if the majority of the newly elected MPs are not in favour of same-sex marriage, then it might still be possible that the proposed law will not be adopted.
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