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El Salvador parliament rejects constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, February 9, 2014
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The Salvadoran Parliament has again failed in its attempt to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

El-SalvadorOf the 84 members that make up the Parliament, only 19 on Friday voted in favor of ratifying a constitutional amendment adopted on April 25, 2012, months after a first project, voted in 2009 to be shelved, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

The measure, which cleared the chamber in 2012, defines marriage as between a man and a woman and their children. It also sought to prohibit El Salvador from recognizing the foreign marriages of gay couples and bans gays from adopting children.

A constitutional amendment requires the approval of two consecutive legislatures; a simply majority (43 votes) during the first reading, followed by a super-majority (56).

Having failed ratification, the initiative may not be considered again for six months.

A proposal to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption was rejected twice in 2006, and again in 2009.

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