Macedonia to ban same-sex marriage

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Politicians in the Macedonian Assembly have voted to ban same-sex marriage.

The proposal came from the conservative government and was supported by two-thirds of members of the national assembly in a vote on Wednesday.

It aims to define marraige specifically as “a union between an man and a woman”.

Now the government is to draft the amendment within ten days, and present it to the parliament.

The Assembly last year also approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

The country’s Pride parade was cancelled in 2013, following safety concerns and a rise in the number of homophobic attacks.

Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov, has previously claimed that discrimination against lesbian and gay people is a myth.

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