A new amendment to Romania’s new constitution has formally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman—and nothing else.
The amendment, adopted by a commission tasked with revising Romania’s Constitution, was proposed by three MPs and backed by the powerful Romanian Orthodox Church.
It was adopted with 15 votes in favor and three abstentions.
Previously, the constitutional article used only the words “between spouses” when referring to the marriage partners.
The Orthodox Church has often expressed disapproval of same sex partnerships. More than 85 per cent of Romania’s population of 19.5 million belong to the Church, which enjoys high levels of trust in the public.
None of Romania’s major political parties, either in government or in opposition, supports same-sex marriage, or registered partnerships, or has proposed any law on the subject.
Homosexual extremists lamented the constitutional change. Remus Cernea, a politician and homosexual activist, said it was a “clearly a democratic setback. Romania should now be included among the most homophobic countries in the world.”
Earlier this year, Cernea tried to introduce a law legitimizing homosexual marriage, but it was rejected outright.
“If he makes such a proposal, he is a man with a confused mind,” an official from the Romanian Orthodox Church commented at the time.