POLITICS

Citizens’ initiative to amend the Constitution’s definition of the family, adopted by Lower Chamber

The Lower Chamber adopted on Tuesday, with 232 votes in favour, 22 votes against and 13 abstentions, the citizens’ initiative to amend the Constitution’s definition of the family. Thus, according to the proposed amendment, Article 48, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution should read as follows: “The family is founded on the freely consented marriage between a man and a woman, on their full equality, as well as the right and duty of the parents to ensure the upbringing, education and instruction of their children.”

The Coalition for Family has collected 3 million signatures that it has lodged with the Senate alongside a proposal to amend the Constitution’s definition of the family, namely to amend Article 48, Paragraph 1, which refers to the family. In its current form, the said paragraph stipulates that “the family is founded on the freely consented marriage of the spouses,” however the signatories of the initiative want the definition changed in order to block any possibility for same-sex marriage to be enacted. Thus, the initiative stipulates that “the family is founded on the freely consented marriage between a man and a woman.”

According to Article 151 of the Constitution, the amendment bill or proposal must be adopted by the Lower Chamber and the Senate with a majority of at least two thirds of the lawmakers. If an agreement is not reached through the mediation procedure, the Lower Chamber and the Senate will decide the issue, in a joint meeting, with the vote of at least three fourths of the lawmakers. The amendment is final once it is approved by a referendum held within a period of 30 days after the amendment bill or proposal is adopted.

The initiative will now be sent to the Senate.

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