Slovenia Votes to Repeal Marriage Equality

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Slovenia has voted to repeal same sex marriage in a binding referendum vote. 

Voters in the former Yugoslavian republic of Slovenia decided to repeal a marriage equality law enacted by the country’s parliament in March.

63% of people who cast ballots in the election voted to repeal the law, according to preliminary tallies.

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This gave repeal voters enough ballots to make the vote binding under the country’s election laws, which require at least 20% of all the nation’s voters to cast ballots for repeal regardless of the margin of votes cast. That meant the repeal vote needed at least 343,104 votes; they got more than 380,000.

The vote is a major setback for GLBT Slovenia’s, with the country becoming the first in the vote to repeal same sex marriage laws by popular vote.

The vote is a setback for GLBT in Slovenia. The country is the first to repeal same sex marriage laws by public referendum – although the process is not based on a majority of eligible voters, just 20% of them.

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