SLOVENIA: PRIMIC (CI) ABOUT THE REFERENDUM, CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO HAVE “A FATHER AND A MOTHER”
“The Slovenian population has shown to the Government and to all of Europe that a minority’s claims for privileges cannot be granted to the detriment of every child’s most fundamental right: the right to have a mother and a father”. This is the comment of Ales Primic, director of the Catholic movement “Civil Initiative for the family and the rights of children” (CI) that promoted the referendum about the Family Law on March 25th in Slovenia, about the outcome of the referendum. With 55% of votes for, the population defeated the provision passed by the Slovenian Parliament on July 16th, 2011: 309 articles, including one that authorised marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. Questioned by European Dignity Watch, Primic states: “To those who wanted to sacrifice such right in the name of personal privileges, the Slovenian population unambiguously said: ‘Motherhood and fatherhood are unique and precious, we want to protect marriage between a man and a woman, we want our next generation to grow in the most favourable environment”. According to European Dignity Watch, this referendum, the first of its kind in a EU member states, “is bound to become an important landmark for any further legislation of the kind in the Central European region”.