Czech MPs propose amendment to enshrine opposite-sex marriage in constitution

3 August
Parliament of Czech Republic (photo credit: Reuters / David W Cerny)
Parliament of Czech Republic (photo credit: Reuters / David W Cerny)
Over fifty Czech MPs, together with several Ministers, filed a proposal to constitutionally enshrine marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The amendment aims to change the current wording of Article 32 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms: “Parenthood and the family are under the protection of the law” to: “Parenthood, the family and marriage as a union of a man and a woman are under the protection of the law”. [...] President Miloš Zeman has already announced his support for the new proposal. As Czech news website Prehledne24 reported earlier, Zeman stated that “If there is a proposal to amend the Constitution where marriage is defined as the relationship between a man and a woman, I will support it without a doubt.” [...] In case of approval [by a three-fifth majority of both houses of parliament], the Czech Republic would be among the majority of Eastern-European countries that enshrine marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution. All of Western Europe, except Italy, is allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed. In most other countries, it is possible to have a registered partnership.
Read the full article here: CNE

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