Senators take the first step on Monday to give green light to the referendum for amending the Constitution to redefine the family concept. The senators from the legal committee have Okayed the draft bill intended to amend the referendum law. The Senate was the first chamber notified.
Former chairman of the legal committee, PSD senator Serban Nicolae argued that the draft is necessary to clarify the legislation on referendum.
“The current draft law was tabled to hold a national referendum that might be initiated starting with the referendum on the citizens’ initiative referring to the family concept,” says the draft.
The draft is thus explicitly saying that the referendum must be held on a day of Sunday, thus amending the current provisions that stipulate no specific date for the plebiscite.
One of the amendments points that the referendum must be held in 30 days the most since the date the Parliament adopts the citizens’ revision initiative.
“Romanian citizens are called to express their will by vote within the national referendum to amend the Constitution in the last Sunday of the period of 30 days since the law has been published in the Official Gazette. The Government must immediately inform the public on this date, through any communication means,” reads line 4 of article 6 in the draft law.
Deputies have voted last week the draft amending the Constitution on the family redefinition topic.
The Chamber of Deputies has adopted last Tuesday the citizens’ initiative to revise the constitution, reading that the family is based on the freely agreed marriage between a man and a woman, signed by 3 million citizens. Only 22 deputies have opposed to the initiative.
More precisely, the Coalition for Family wants the family concept redefined by amending the article 48, line 1, referring to the family’s definition.
In the current form, the definition says that “family is established on the freely agreed marriage between consorts.” The Coalition for Family wants the definition changed to block any possibility of gay marriages.