Slovenia: Voters reject equal marriage in referendum

Voters in Slovenia headed to the polls Dec 21st in a bid to reinforce a ban on same-sex marriage. The Central European country’s Parliament passed a bill to legalise same-sex marriage earlier this year, to outcry from parts of the Slovenian public.

A referendum was forced after opposition gathered 80,00 signatures. With nearly all of the 620,261 votes now counted, the country has recorded 225,428 Yes votes (36.5%) in favour of equal marriage, and 391,818  No votes (63.5%) opposed.

A number of nearby countries have passed bans on marriage equality in recent years, including neighboring Croatia, which held a referendum in 2013. Those against the implementation of the equality law have used the outdated argument that children need a mother and a father, and that children do worse if they have same-sex parents. Read more via Buzzfeed