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Romanian parliamentary committee rejects same-sex civil partnerships bill

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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BUCHAREST, Romania — A bill which would have legalized same-sex civil partnerships was soundly rejected earlier this month by a parliamentary committee in Romania.

RomaniaThe measure would have allowed both same and opposite-sex couples to register their partnerships, allowing them to “enjoy rights like the right to inheritance, the right to become a co-beneficiary on the other’s health insurance, the right to apply for [housing] loans as joint debtors.”

Authored by a member of the Greens Party, MP Remus Cernea, the bill received tremendous opposition from lawmakers in all parties in the Senate; the March 5 vote was 2 in favor and 105 against.

Following the Senate vote, the juridical Commission of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies voted unanimously to reject the bill as well, with one lawmaker, Diana Tusha from the Christian Democratic National Peasants’ Party, labeling the bill “cultural marxism,” reported Stiripentruviata.ro.

“There is no need to traumatize further generations in the name of some illusory progress made through alien recipes,” said Tusha. “Such a recipe is cultural Marxism.”

Cernea is hoping to re-introduce the bill at a later date, but given the resounding rejections, it is unlikely to fare much better.

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