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Macedonia rejects amending constitution to define marriage as one man, one woman

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

SKOPJE, Macedonia — An amendment to alter Macedonia’s constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman was defeated Tuesday, failing to reach a two thirds majority vote.

Marriage is already defined as union between a man and a woman under the country’s Family Law, but the country’s ruling party, VMRO-DPMNE, proposed the amendment in order to block the possibility that the law might be amended in the future by a simple majority vote (42 legislators).

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Macedonia’s Parliament Building in Skopje

In order to amend the constitution, 79 Macedonian Members of Parliament (MPs) out of 123 must vote in its favor, but only 47 voted supported it, with 26 against and 12 abstaining.

During a debate on the amendment on Monday, lawmaker Dragisha Miletic, of the Serbian Progressive Party of Macedonia warned that the constitution must be changed in order to protect against possible future pressure from the European Union (EU), to which Macedonia aspires to join.

Miletic added: “LGBT people are more visible now and they fight for their rights, but they won’t stop there. They will ask for marriage equality too.

“In socialism homosexuality was punishable by law and it was fine by me. It’s not hate, for me it is illness, and you are free to follow the trends if you want to. Just be aware when you walk around, you must stick your ass facing the wall.”

Petar Stojkovikj, a spokesperson for the Macedonian Women’s Alliance, said he was encouraged by the defeat, but stressed that anti-gay laws and violence is still rife in Macedonia.

Stojkovikj told LGBTQ Nation: “Diversity is a source of strength and together we should work on building a society where everyone is free to live their lives as they choose, without discrimination and with the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.

“We must leave the homophobia and the transphobia behind. There’s no place for such things in a democratic society and a candidate country for EU accession,” he said.

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There has been a recent spate of anti-gay violence sweeping through the small former Yugoslav nation, located in the Balkans region of Europe.

In July and June, an angry mob surrounded and attacked the home of Stojkovikj, who is also a famous openly gay Macedonian television star.

In both cases, assailants threw stones at the house and shouted threats and homophobic slurs.

On July 5, Macedonia’s LGBTI center was torched and on June 22, it was attacked by mob of about 30 people.

Despite a promise by made by a high ranking member of Macedonia’s Prime Minister’s cabinet, no arrests have been made until this date.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Take note, World!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:33pm
  2. VERY NICE!!! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:34pm
  3. Great news

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:39pm
  4. Macedonia is in Greece, it is not their legitimate name.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:42pm
  5. macedonia is macedonia... i'm tired of seeing debates like this... let them assume the name, it will not make them richer...

    Replied on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:03pm
  6. Oyez, Japan!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:46pm
  7. But Virginia did amend its constitution in that way: sigh!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:46pm
  8. Yes

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 2:09pm
  9. what is this building

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 2:23pm
  10. Where is exactly Macedonia?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 2:29pm
  11. balkan region, north-west of greece, near serbia in the european continent...

    Replied on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:02pm
  12. use wikipedia

    Replied on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:23pm
  13. Good We will visit and spend money traveling there as tourist !

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:48pm
  14. just remember what would alexander the great do.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:53pm
  15. Great article.

    Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:58pm
  16. Dear friends thank you for the support in my name and in the name of LGBT United Macedonia!

    Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:54am
  17. IF YOUR PARENTS WERE GAY BEFORE THEY HAD YOU, WOULD YOU EVEN EXIST TO FORWARD THIS CAUSE? GOD LOVES YOU GUYS EVEN MORE THAN YOUR PARTNERS DO MY FRIENDS.

    Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:14am
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    Replied on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:33am
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    Replied on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:34am
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    Replied on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 9:35am
  23. Great JoB Macedonia – just if we could get as enlightened in more US States!

    Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:01pm