Croatians demand referendum to block gay marriage

from the Financial Times..

June 10, 2013, By Neil Buckley in Zagreb

Gay rights activists display a rainbow flag in Zagreb

Croatia is in constitutional uproar just weeks before it joins the European Union, after more than one-fifth of voters signed a petition calling for a referendum to block same-sex marriage.

Campaigners gathered more than 710,000 signatures in two weeks in a country of only 4.5m in support of a vote on changing the constitution to specify that marriage is the “life-long union of a man and a woman”.

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“I expect that a referendum will take place,” said Ms Markic. “I think it would really be a nonsense if one month before entering the EU we have a government that is not respecting our own constitution.”

Link to the entire article: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/240fb59a-d1c1-11e2-b17e-00144feab7de.html#axzz2W6WD8zBB

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