The Christian Democratic Party (KDH) is trying to exercise what it presumably regards as ‘anti-gay rights’ by establishing an exact definition of marriage in the Slovak Constitution as a union of a man and a woman only, and so will submit a proposal for the change to parliament in March.
The news was announced at a press conference today given by party chairman Jan Figel, who noted how the change would not actually change the legal status at present anyway. Specifically, the KDH party wants the Constitution to include the definition as “Marriage is a unique union of one man and one woman. The Slovak Republic universally protects marriage and promotes its benefit.”
The opposition KDH party will therefore be rallying for support among MPs to get the required 90 votes from 150 in parliament to pass the constitutional amendment (not possible without some MPs from the governing Smer-SD party). At present the Constitution only mentions that “marriage, parenthood and family are subject to protection under the law”, with no specification of what a marital union represents.
In his argumentation, Figel pointed out that the revision would merely stabilise the current status quo (admitting that it would constitutionally prevent same-sex marriages) and combat to what he referred to as “current trends”, apparently hoping homosexuality will suddenly disappear as people find new trends.
To show that Slovakia would be no exception if the revision were passed, Figel pointed to Poland, Latvia and Hungary, which all have similarly defined arrangements. Head of the Most Hid party, Bela Bugar, has already given his support to the change, among others.