Slovakia to hold referendum on same-sex marriage in 2015

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The Slovakian President has announced that the country will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage early next year.

President Andrej Kiska announced that the referendum will take place on 7 February, following the collection of 400,000 signatures on a petition by conservative group Alliance for Family.

The questions on the referendum will ask whether voters would like marriage to be specifically defined as one man and one woman, whether gay and lesbian couples should be banned from adopting and whether children should be taught sex education classes against their parents’ wishes.

A ruling by the constitutional court of Slovakia last month said the referendum does not violate the country’s constitution.

However, a question on registered partnerships as part of the vote was rejected by the court.