A referendum intended to strengthen a constitutional ban on same-s*x marriage and same-s*x adoption in Slovakia has failed due to low turnout. BBC reports:
Only 21.4% of those eligible voted, the national statistics office said on Sunday, well short of the 50% required for the ballot to be valid. Voters were asked three questions including whether marriage can only be a union between a man and a woman. Slovakia’s population of 5.4 million people is predominantly Catholic.
Liberals and gay rights activists welcomed the outcome. They had encouraged people to boycott the referendum. Over 90% of those who did vote backed the 2014 constitutional amendment which defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman, effectively banning same-s*x unions and adoptions.
They also supported the right for children to skip classes involving s*x education and euthanasia.
Anton Chromik of the Alliance for Family which had spearheaded the referendum said he was delighted that a clear majority of voters who had participated supported the Alliance. “We will continue our struggle to protect the family,” he said as the low turnout became apparent.