Majority see marriage as union between man and woman

A poll conducted ahead of a referendum in Croatia shows that 68 percent want the Constitution to define marriage as "lifetime union between a man and a woman."

Source: Tanjug
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The referendum is scheduled to be held on December 1.

The Jutrarnji List daily reported that Željka Markić, a representative of an association that requested the referendum to be held, said she and her colleagues wanted to prevent "an aggressive government, that does not have the majority of the population behind it, from using totalitarian methods to change the concept and content of marriage."

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovič and his ministers, however, said that they would vote against the proposed definition of marriage as union between a man and a woman.

Milanović also stated that he was not against a referendum - but that it should be held "under clearer criteria and with protection of those who are a minority."

"If we allowed referendums on minority rights, minorities would be left with no rights," the Croatian premier was quoted as saying.

Members of the government had planned to record a video spot saying they would turn out and vote against, but gave up on the idea. However, said reports, they recorded "individual video messages with that content."

The Council of Europe has previously warned Croatia not to take any steps that could be considered discriminatory toward the gay community. The council's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks said that the European Court of Human Rights "provides a very wide leeway to member-states regarding same-sex marriage and partners. "

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