Slovenia to put gay marriage to popular vote

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Slovenians are going to hold a referendum on 20 December to decide whether to implement gay marriage legislation in the central European country. In March, gay marriage bill was passed but opponents backed by the Catholic Church have forced a referendum in an attempt to repeal the law.

The Slovenian constitutional court gave the green light for the referendum. Under Slovenian law, if a group can gather 40,000 signatures on a petition within a month, they can seek a referendum on new legislation. Human rights organizations, like Amnesty International, support the gay marriage legislation in Slovenia. If more than a third of the electorate take part and deliver a majority vote against the law, it will be scrapped.

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