Anti-Gay Referendum Stirring Sentiment
The upcoming referendum depriving homosexuals certain rights initiated by the Alliance for Family (AZR) is attracting the attention also of media abroad, while also causing a bit of a stir at home with its banned TV commercial.
The referendum set for 7 February 2015 and costing millions of euros in taxpayers money is raising questions about the future of human rights in Slovakia, but also elsewhere in Europe, given a recent victory in Croatia on similar issues, and Hungary passing stricter laws to protect family.
The three questions posed by the referendum, deemed constitutional by the Slovak Constitutional Court, are as follows – whether same sex couples should be prohibited from adopting and bringing up kids, whether marriage should be exclusively a union of one man and one woman, and whether parents should be able to prevent their children from taking part in lessons on sexual behaviour and euthanasia in schools.
Meanwhile, a promotional commercial from AZR was rejected by all the TV stations, which basically caused a leak on social networks at least. The clip shows a foster family about to hand over an adopted kid to his new parents, a gay couple, with the child asking ‘where’s mum’?', followed by the motto “kids are clear about it”.
The LGBT community in Slovakia is calling on people not to even go to vote No as the higher the turnout, the more chance there is that the referendum will be valid as 50% of eligible voters is required. Even with their 400,000 signatories to the referendum petition, there is probably only a small chance half of the electorate will turn up, especially given Slovakia’s miserable referendum turnout stats to date. Even so, the ARZ will be sure to claim a moral victory as most of the votes that are cast will be in favour of its own objectives.