When drawing our Marriage Map, we relied on information collected from various sides. But upon verifying the situation ourselves, we have found that the situation is better than we thought. Regarding the situation in Belarus, see the preceding post. But there are still two more countries whose constitutional laws define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Continue reading
Through last Friday’s referendum the Republic of Ireland has been transformed into something like the Mordor of Marriage: it is now the only country in Europe, if not the world, that does not only legally recognize the absurdity of same-sex “marriages”, but has actually constitutionalized them. Continue reading
A 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.
In respect of Ireland, both North and South, permit me to make the following observations: Continue reading
Yet 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
We 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.”
We 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.
Following today’s news that Finland is the 12th country in Europe to aberrantly recognize same-sex marriages, we find it appropriate to recall that 12 is still a minority. But definitely, it is time for a roll-back. Continue reading