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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Monday, February 9, 2015

Referendum in Slovakia failed only for now

The referendum instigated by the Alliance for the Family against extending gay rights in Slovakia failed on Saturday due to turnout of just 21,4 percent. However the issue will not simply go away now, writes the conservative daily Lidové noviny: "We do not know how many of those who did not take part in the referendum are in favour of gay marriage or of same-sex couples adopting children. But more than 850,000 voters came out in support of the 'traditional family'. That is three-and-a-half times the amount of votes won by the Christian Democrats in the last elections, and they are the most conservative group in the country which stands for traditional family values. It is therefore only a matter of time before the initiators push through another referendum on the issue."

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