Romanians don’t want same-sex marriage. What about their politicians?

PETER COSTEA, ESQ., COSTEA LAW FIRM

It’s been a while since my last post on efforts to hold a national referendum in Romania to decide the fate of same sex marriage. In 2015 the Irish voted for it, and the results of a national plebiscite, held from September to November in Australia, shows that over 61% of Australians favor legalizing same sex marriage on their continent. What about Romania?

Impressive Survey Results

The Coalition for the Family commissioned a vast opinion poll conducted in the first half of October 2017 which places Romania at odds over gay marriage with Western Europe, North America, and Australia. It’s puzzling, however, that, even though the overwhelming majority of Romanians do not want same-marriage legalized in their country and 3 millions of them signed in support of a constitutional amendment to ban it, the constitutionally-mandated referendum on the matter is not yet in sight. What are the main findings of the national poll and what’s going on?

According to the survey over 90% of Romanians view marriage as the union between a man and a woman, whose main role is procreation and the rearing and education of children. 91% of the persons who participated in the survey agreed with the phrase: “marriage must be defined as the traditional union between men and women for procreation, the rearing and education of children.” Only 6% rejected this definition. An almost equal percentage, over 90%, agreed with the statement “God created man and woman to be together as a family, for procreation, and nobody and nothing can change this norm.”