Much of the world may be embracing same-sex marriage, but Romania – with its strong Christian influence – is going in the opposite direction.
The country’s Senate voted 107-13 on Tuesday in favor of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, one year after the lower house – the Chamber of Deputies – also passed it.
The amendment now will appear on the ballot this fall for voters to consider. Three million Romanian citizens in 2016 signed a petition asking the government to place such an amendment on the ballot.
According to Newsweek, seven European countries -- Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia – already define marriage in their respective constitutions as between a man and a woman.
“We’ve been a Christian nation for 2,000 years,” said Romanian Sen. Serban Nicolae, according to the Associated Press.
Fifteen European countries have legalized same-sex marriage, Newsweek reported.
A Pew Research Center survey released in June found that Romanians consider religion to be more important in their lives than most of Europe does.
“The share of adults who consider religion to be very important in their lives is generally low in Europe, where 23% of survey respondents in the average country say this,” the report said. “[But] Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia and Romania, where at least half of people say religion is very important, are above the regional average on this measure.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.