Romanian constitutional referendum, 6-7 October 2018

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On 6 and 7 October Romania held a referendum on the proposed constitutional change of the definition of marriage from the neutral terminology 'spouses’ to 'man and woman'.

The referendum vote was ruled invalid as the voter turnout did not meet the set threshold of 30%. Merely 20.4% of the population voted in the referendum. The low voter turnout can be explained by opponents urging voters not to take part in the referendum.

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The referendum was initiated by a citizen’s initiative called the Coalition for Family. The civil society organization received support from the Romanian Orthodox Church and parties in parliament. This referendum, if it had succeeded, could have hindered future legalization of gay marriage.

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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia, 07.10.18: Romanian constitutional referendum, 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_constitutional_referendum,_2018
EurActiv, 05.10.18: Opinion: How long can you ignore three million people? Romanians to vote on marriage, finally https://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/opinion/how-long-can-you-ignore-three-million-people-romanians-to-vote-on-marriage-finally/
Euro|topics, October 2018: Referendum against gay marriage in Romania fails https://www.eurotopics.net/en/207713/
Politico, 05.10.18: Marriage referendum divides Romania https://www.politico.eu/article/marriage-referendum-divides-romania/
Euronews, 05.10.18: All Views: What do Romanians think about the marriage referendum? https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/05/all-views-what-do-romanians-think-about-the-marriage-referendum
Politico, 25.09.18: Romania’s dangerous family referendum https://www.politico.eu/article/romania-gay-marriage-referendum-dangerous-vote/

News
EurActiv, 08.10.18: Romanians boycott the ‘referendum of hate’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/freedom-of-thought/news/romanians-boycott-the-referendum-of-hate/
Euronews, 07.10.18: Romania's marriage referendum fails to attract enough voters https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/07/romania-s-marriage-referendum-fails-to-attract-enough-voters
BCC News, 08.10.18: Romania marriage poll: Referendum to ban gay unions fails https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45779107
Deutsche Welle, 07.10.18: Romania: Vote on gay marriage ban fails with low turnout https://www.dw.com/en/romania-vote-on-gay-marriage-ban-fails-with-low-turnout/a-45792577
Reuters, 02.10.18: Romania's vote to rule out same sex marriage stirs hate, say LGBT groups https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-romania-referendum-lgbt/romanias-vote-to-rule-out-same-sex-marriage-stirs-hate-say-lgbt-groups-idUKKCN1MC1HE
Reuters, 08.10.18: Daily Briefing: Referendum backfires for Romania's rulers https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-europe-view-monday/daily-briefing-referendum-backfires-for-romanias-rulers-idUKKCN1MI0KG
Politico, 07.10.18: Romania’s marriage referendum fails due to low turnout https://www.politico.eu/article/romania-same-sex-marriage-referendum-fails-due-to-low-turnout/

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