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Macedonia to consider constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Macedonia to consider constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Macedonia’s parliament has agreed to consider proposed constitutional amendment to effectively ban same-sex marriage

Macedonia-1Lawmakers 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.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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