Even with the endorsement of Pope Francis, a referendum to ban same-gender marriage and adoption by lesbian and gay couple in the heavily Catholic European nation of Slovakia failed due to extremely low voter turnout.
At least 50% of the electorate would have had to participate in the referendum, but only 21.4% showed up at the polls, according to Associated Press news story on LGBTQNation.com.
The Catholic bishops in Slovakia supported the referendum’s goals, and last week at the Vatican, Pope Francis encouraged a group of Slovakian pilgrims “to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society.” This statement was his most direct involvement in a national marriage equality debate. In addition to the questions about marriage and adoption, the referendum also contained a question about allowing parents to remove their children from…
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