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Same-sex marriage ban fails after low Romanian voter turnout

A member of the LGBT community gets emotional before results of referendum to stipulate that marriage is between a man and a woman. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/ AFP/Getty Images
A member of the LGBT community gets emotional before results of referendum to stipulate that marriage is between a man and a woman. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/ AFP/Getty Images

Election officials in Romania said a referendum seeking to amend the country’s constitution to restrict the definition of marriage has failed to draw enough voters to validate the result on Sunday, reports the AP.

The details: This is a major blow for the conservative Coalition for Family. While Romania’s constitution does not allow same-sex marriage or civil unions, the conservative group sought to narrow the definition of marriage between a man and a woman instead of between “spouses.” The amendment required a turnout of at least 30% for the result to stand. Officials said only 20.41% of eligible voters participated, per the AP.

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