Eight simple rules for learning how to get the hair you want
Eight simple rules for learning how to get the hair you want

Melanie Morris

September 28: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
September 28: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Sarah Finnan

‘It’s always fun, interesting and challenging’: Portfolio manager Mary Catherine Greene on working in a male-dominated industry
‘It’s always fun, interesting and challenging’: Portfolio manager Mary Catherine Greene on working in a...

Shayna Sappington

Pillow sprays to help you unwind and drift off to sleep
Pillow sprays to help you unwind and drift off to sleep

Holly O'Neill

How to choose a wedding photographer that suits your couple style
How to choose a wedding photographer that suits your couple style

Shayna Sappington

Ask the Doctor: ‘Nearing 50, I’m beginning to worry about my heart health. I’ve seen that atrial fibrillation affects many — what can I do to make sure I remain healthy?’
Ask the Doctor: ‘Nearing 50, I’m beginning to worry about my heart health. I’ve seen...

Sarah Gill

Supper Club: Creamy tahini lentils with boiled eggs
Supper Club: Creamy tahini lentils with boiled eggs

Meg Walker

Social Pictures: The Irish premiere of ‘Don’t Worry Darling’
Social Pictures: The Irish premiere of ‘Don’t Worry Darling’

Sarah Gill

Sweetpea Cottage: Inside this dotey country home on the market for €289,000
Sweetpea Cottage: Inside this dotey country home on the market for €289,000

Sarah Finnan

Is your skin itchy or tight after a shower? What your skin is trying to tell you
Is your skin itchy or tight after a shower? What your skin is trying to...

Lauren Heskin

Image / Editorial

Ninety percent of Romanian electorate want marriage to remain between heterosexual people


By Edaein OConnell
09th Oct 2018
Ninety percent of Romanian electorate want marriage to remain between heterosexual people

A referendum to effectively ban same-sex marriage in Romania failed yesterday due to a low turnout of voters.

Voters were asked if they wished to change the text of their constitution to define marriage as “between a man and a woman”, rather than the current neutral definition of “between spouses”. Backing the ‘Yes’ side was the Coalition for the Family group whose aim is to uphold Christian and traditional values. The conservative group received over three million signatures in support of a referendum, and an opinion poll on Friday found that 90% of the electorate were in favour of the constitutional change. The Orthodox church heavily supported the yes vote also.

However, only 20.4% of eligible voters went to polls and in Romania, 30% is needed for a result to be eligible. Thus, the vote was deemed to be void and the referendum was not validated.

The country and its ruling political party, the Social Democrats, have been shrouded in controversy in recent months, with the party’s leader, Liviu Dragnea, due in court this week. The Social Democrats strongly supported the referendum, with the opposition believing the vote was conducted to distract from corruption scandals.

Although the referendum was not passed, Romania still fails to recognise civil partnerships or gay marriage. This may change, however, as in September the constitutional court governed that same-sex unions should have equal rights to those of their heterosexual counterparts.

At this current time, 73 nations of the world still accommodate laws against homosexuality.