Romania’s Referendum on Constitutional Exclusion of Same-Sex Marriage

Romanians are deciding this weekend whether a family should revolve around a married man and woman. As always, the homophobes say it’s about protecting the traditional family. Because, somehow, equality is a threat to heterosexuals.

Legally, the referendum is about clarifying the language in the constitution. Article 48 says the family “is founded on the freely consented marriage of the spouses”. If the homophobes win, that would change to “marriage between a man and a woman”.

But, of course, the vote has nothing to do with legal language—its about telling gay people they are not accepted while simultaneously telling others that it’s all right to be bigoted. This is how seemingly democratic processes are used as a tool to mistreat minorities.