On Tuesday, the Slovak Constitutional Court ruled that Slovakians will be called to vote in a multi question referendum seeking to limit the rights of LGBT people and to limit sexuality education.
The questions ended up at the Constitutional Court after President Andrej Kiska was faced with a petition with 400,000 signatures organised by Alliance for Family, supported by the American far-right evangelical organisation Alliance Defending Freedom.
The Constitutional Court ruled three out of four questions were admissible. One relates to the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, whereas a second seeks to ban adoption of children by “same-sex couples or groups.”
A third question that was deemed constitutional relates to sexuality education, and seeks to include opt-outs if parents do not agree with the content of the education.
Only a question seeking to prohibit any future same-sex registered partnerships was deemed unconstitutional.
Opponents of equality have used referendums since the 1990s to limit the rights of LGBT people, especially in the USA. They have traditionally mobilised enough human and financial resources to ensure outcomes reflect their views.
Vice-President of the LGBTI Intergroup-designate of the European Parliament, Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP commented: “This debate is not about Slovakia, but about EU’s fundamental rights, tolerance and equality. We may not turn a blind eye to religious organisations fuelling intolerance towards our very own EU citizens.”
“It is distasteful that after the Croatian referendum, we again face a referendum on eliminating the rights of fellow citizens. Such a process has no place in an enlightened continent like Europe.”
“After Social Democrats, supported by Christian Democrats, constitutionally banned possible future same-sex unions, Slovakia is on a slippery slope. I urge the Slovak people to stand up for the rights of their compatriots.”