Macedonia: Constitutional Ban on Marriage Equality Rejected

Written by scott on September 25th, 2013

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Macedonia’s Parliament rejected a ban on gay marriage on Tuesday.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An amendment to alter Macedonia’s constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman was defeated Tuesday, failing to reach a two thirds majority vote. Marriage is already defined as union between a man and a woman under the country’s Family Law, but the country’s ruling party, VMRO-DPMNE, proposed the amendment in order to block the possibility that the law might be amended in the future by a simple majority vote (42 legislators). In order to amend the constitution, 79 Macedonian Members of Parliament (MPs) out of 123 must vote in its favor, but only 47 voted supported it, with 26 against and 12 abstaining.

One anti-gay lawmaker offered this lovely thought:

“In socialism homosexuality was punishable by law and it was fine by me. It’s not hate, for me it is illness, and you are free to follow the trends if you want to. Just be aware when you walk around, you must stick your ass facing the wall.”

Ah, the good old days.

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