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Romanians support Biblical marriage, but referendum fails

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/09/18, 12:24 pm

The Romanian Orthodox Church is encouraging members to continue defending the family after a weekend referendum on marriage was thrown out because of low turnout. More than 90 percent of Romanian voters supported defining marriage in the constitution as the union of one man and one woman, but election officials said just 20.41 percent of eligible voters participated, short of the 30 percent required for the referendum to be valid. The nation’s constitution currently defines marriage as between “spouses.” It does not allow civil unions, nor does it recognize same-sex marriage from other countries.

On Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis, who supports same-sex marriage, said the country should tackle the issue further with “a mature approach and openness to dialogue.” Meanwhile, the Orthodox Church, which backed the referendum, called the vote “a partial success which calls us to hope and work more.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Dick Friedrich
    Posted: Wed, 10/10/2018 08:01 am

    If understand what happened in Romania, sounds like 90% of the 20.41% who cared to vote support Biblical perspective (and more likely, simply the historical and logical position) on marriage then. Maybe the more important conclusion should be that only 20.41% of the Romanian voting population felt that the government should be in the business of defining marriage at all. If this is true, maybe the Romanians are wiser than those in the US who insist that marriage may be defined any old way we want it to be. I suspect that, though, that the low turn out on this question has more to do with the godless influence of the Communist party etc of recent times.