In Georgia they failed to collect 200,000 signatures for same-sex marriage referendum

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists

July 6, 2016

The Central Election Commission of Georgia has nullified
registration of the issue presented by the Initiative
Group for a same-sex marriage referendum, as reported by
Interfax.

Such a decision was made as the Initiative Group failed to
collect the 200,000 signatures within 3 months required
under the law for the Commission to consider the issue and
then to submit it to the President of Georgia.

Georgia’s President Georgiy Margvelashvilli gave his
opinion on the matter, having declared that the same-sex
marriage topic is contrived. By the Presidents evaluation,
99.9% of the population in Georgia believe same-sex
couples are inappropriate and it is enshrined in their
regulations, while the Parliament is unanimous in this
respect.

In the current wording of the Constitution there is a
provision stating that “marriage is founded on legal
parity and the good will of spouses”. The Civil
Code, in its turn, specifies that “marriage is a
voluntary union of a man and a woman” which forbids
making a marriage between same-sex individuals.

According to the Explanatory Memorandum to the draft law,
despite the fact the article mentioned of the Civil Code
conforms to the constitutional norm, “with a view to
preventing wrong interpretation” it is expedient to
introduce into the Constitution a “more clear and
distinct” definition in order to allay
“questions and fears with society at large which
relate to the precise definition of marriage and family in
the Constitution and Civil Code”.

Note that the initiation of constitutional amendments
regarding the definition of marriage caused an ambiguous
response in Georgia. In particular, there was set up an ad
hoc Commission in the Parliament, which held meetings with
the population in all regions form 25 March to 15 April,
discussing the amendments proposed by deputies of the
“Georgian Dream” coalition to the Constitution
on the marriage issue.

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