SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia’s parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendment to effectively ban same-sex marriage
Lawmakers agreed Wednesday to begin the amendment process proposed by the governing conservatives, who with their political allies already have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to approve the change after winning a landslide election victory in April.
The amendment would define marriage exclusively as a heterosexual union.
A spokesman for the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party in parliament said the amendment was aimed at “protecting traditional, family and religious values of marriage.”
A previous effort to amend the constitution last September was defeated when it failed 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 VMRO-DPMNE party proposed the amendment in order to block the possibility that the law might be amended in the future by a simple majority vote.