On the 7th of February this year, the Slovakian people have the chance to express their view on what family means via a referendum organized by Aliancia za rodinu (Alliance for Family) – Slovakia´s largest civil pro-family movement, established in December 2013 to promote the values of marriage and family. ECPM MEP Branislav Škripek is actively campaigning to mobilize Slovak citizens to go and vote on this referendum.
The three questions presented in the referendum are:
1. Do you agree that no other cohabitation but the union between one man and one woman should be called marriage?
2. Do you agree that neither same sex couples nor groups shall be allowed to adopt children and subsequently raise them?
3. Do you agree that schools cannot require the participation of children in classes dedicated to sexual behaviour or euthanasia if their parents or the children themselves do not agree with the content of the lessons?
The road to here has been hard and there are already signs that it will continue to be so. In order to invoke the referendum, the Alliance collected signatures of 10% of all voters in Slovakia (~408 000 signatures, Slovakia has 5 million inhabitants) in less than 5 months. There have been serious breaches of citizens' rights and discrimination in the private and public sphere. The organizers were already denied access to private SK TV channels with their paid advertisement; the national public radio-TV company (RTVS) rejected to release TV spots in favour of referendum and in various cases their reservations of place for public debates (including one academic campus) were rejected or even cancelled. Various political figures have expressed their intention not to participate in the referendum, encouraging the citizens to do the same. This might come at great costs for the outcome of the referendum since the referendum will be binding only if there is a turnout of at least 50% of the registered electorate.
ECPM feels that the result of the referendum will have an impact on the whole of Europe and not only on the Slovakian society. Therefore we urge you to help us raise awareness for this initiative.
If you are not from Slovakia but you still want to show your support for this referendum, you can sign the petition of CitizenGO.