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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