- Overwhelming majority of referendum voters affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman
- Turnout too low to change Constitution
BUCHAREST (8 October 2018) – More than two years ago, three million Romanians supported a civic initiative to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman in their Constitution. On 6 and 7 October 2018, Romanians were finally able to cast their vote. More than 90 per cent of those who voted affirmed that marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman. However, the participation threshold of 30 per cent of all voters was not reached, and so the referendum did not pass.
“Almost four million Romanians affirmed marriage as the union between one man and one woman. This union is timeless, universal, and unique. Our society should always work to strengthen marriage and the family, never undermine it. With this level of public support, the referendum sends a clear signal to those who attempted to stand in its way,” said Adina Portaru, a Romanian lawyer who works as Legal Counsel for ADF International in Brussels.
A referendum for the family
In 2016, the civic group Coalition for the Family gathered three million signatures supporting the definition of marriage as “the union of one man and one woman” in the Constitution of Romania. The Constitutional Court approved the initiative in July 2016.
On 15 March 2018, 40 Members of the European Parliament from across the political spectrum called on the President and the leaders of all political parties to “support the organisation of the referendum without delay.” ADF International filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Constitutional Court that argued for the referendum to be allowed to proceed.