The Social Democratic Party (PSD) will organize next month a large-scale meeting in Bucharest in support of the traditional family, PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea announced at the end of the meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee on Monday.
“We decided to organize a large rally of PSD to support traditional family, in order to avoid any doubt on PSD’s approach related to this matter” Dragnea stated.
The PSD Chairman said that it will be “a large, very large rally in Bucharest”.
Being asked why PSD decided to organize this rally now, Dragnea answered: “Because we’re at the eleventh hour before adopting the amendments to the Constitution in the Senate. That’s why, because this is the moment”.
Regarding the promulgation of the law by the president, the PSD leader stated: “Let’s see what the President will do, but if the Senate will adopt the proposals for the amendment of the Constitution, I guess no one will stop us from doing this”.
On April 10, the PSD Chairman presented the legislative proprieties of the Social Democrats, which are related to amending the Criminal Codes, issuing the new National Security Laws, and organizing the referendum for the definition of the family. Regarding the Defamation Law, Dragnea said that it is in an early stage and it isn’t a priority right now, but he doesn’t waive it.
The PSD leader mentioned at that time that he discussed about the referendum on amending the Constitution with his colleagues in the parliamentary groups.
“This is an issue that we strongly support, and I hope this referendum will be organized this summer. (…) We support this amendment of the Constitution, namely the family is the marriage between a man and a woman” Dragnea pointed out.
At the end of March, the PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea stated that the initiative to review the Constitution on the definition of the family, which was adopted by the Deputies’ Chamber almost one year ago, will be also adopted by the Senate as an emergency, and the referendum will be organized after it will be promulgated. At the same time, Dragnea said that a debate on the opportuneness of regulating the civil partnership in Romania will be initiated.
“We will adopt in in emergency procedure, and then we will send it to be promulgated. After the President will promulgate it, after it will be published in the Official Journal, we will immediately decide to continue the procedure at the Senate, namely the voting for reviewing the Constitution and deciding the date of the referendum” Dragnea stated.
He also said that a debate will be initiated on the opportuneness of regulating the civil partnership in Romania.
“At the same time, we have to analyze also the situation of a Romanian minority and seriously discuss about the opportuneness of legislating a certain kind of civil partnership, and I asked my colleagues, I asked Mr. Victor Negrescu to discuss with the NGOs in this field, in order to consider, not necessarily in the same time, a legislative form regulating also this situation” Liviu Dragnea stated.
On May 9, 2017, the Deputies’ Chamber adopted with 232 pros, 22 cons and 13 abstentions, the citizens’ initiative to review the Constitution on the definition of the family, and thus, according to the amendment proposal, paragraph 1 of the article 48 of the Constitution will be as follows: “The family is based on the freely agreed marriage between a man and a woman, on their equality and on the parents’ right and duty to ensure the raising, education and instruction of the children”.
The initiative was sent to the Senate to be debated and voted.
The Coalition for the Family has collected 3 million signatures which were submitted to the Senate together with a proposal for reviewing the Constitution on the definition of the family, in which it was requested to amend article 48, paragraph 1, related to the definition of the family. In its current form, it provides that “the family is based on the freely agreed marriage between spouses”, but the signatories of the initiative want the definition to be changed in order to block any possibility to legislate the same-sex marriage. Thus, the initiative provides that “the family is based on the freely agreed marriage between a man and a woman”.
According to article 151 of the fundamental law, the draft law or the revision proposal must be adopted by the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate with a majority of at least two thirds of the number of members of each Chamber. If no agreement is established as a result of the mediation procedure, the Deputies’ Chamber and the Senate, in a joint session, decide with the vote of at least three quarters of the number of deputies and senators. The revision is final after it is approved by referendum, organized no later than 30 days after the date of the adoption of the draft law or the revision proposal.