Once again the Romanian government has taken steps to define that family/marriage can only be established by a man and a woman, thus barring gay/lesbian marriage. This time however, they are taking the measure by allowing a referendum to revise the Constitution to take place (source: NBC News)
So it looks that for lesbian or gay expats and locals alike, the only choice to have a civil union will be to go to another country.
I personally would expect the referendum to go towards disallowing LGBT marriages, given the influence of the Orthodox church in Romania, and the sheer numbers of elderly people with aligned beliefs that typically vote. To me, it's disappointing that the Romanian government continues to ignore world trends and progression in aspects like this.
Are there any expats here affected by this potentially? Your thoughts? (Please, while this topic is rooted on politics and religion in my opinion, let's not debate as political/religious debate is not permitted here, and stick perhaps to the human rights and expat life aspect of the news).
Expat.com Experts Team