Citizens initiative "In the name of the family" has in May 2013 collected around 750 000 signatures (20% of the voting population) so that a constitutional referendum can be held in Croatia with a question: "Are you for that into the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia is introduced a provision by which marriage is a living union of a woman and a man?“
The collected signatures have been declared valid by the authorities in September and these days the Parliament is about to make a formal decision on holding a national constitutional referendum, which should take place on December 1st 2013 (the date still needs to be confirmed). Under the Croatian Constitution, there is no participation quorum needed for the referendum to be valid, so the decision is made by a simple majority of those who voted.
Parallel with the referendum procedure, the liberal-leftist parliamentarian majority has drafted a new Family law which turned out to be full of flaws, but so far the redefinition of marriage and child adoption by same-sex couples are not included in the draft. Also, the draft law on same-sex civil partnerships is said to be put on public debate within weeks and it contains a provision which allows the parental rights be transferred to the third person.
A draft of the international Convention on the Rights of the Family, prepared by experts of the Ordo Iuris Institute on the initiative of MEP Marek Jurek, was presented in the European Parliament. The document is intended to protect the rights of the family as a community, as well as the rights of parents and children, as an alternative to the ideological assumptions of the Istanbul Convention affecting the family in a negative manner. The principles of the Convention were presented for the first time in Warsaw.
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY
Press Conference - International Convention on the Rights of the Family.
Tymoteusz Zych, Karina Walinowicz (Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture)
Marek Jurek (Member of European Parliament)
CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE FAMILY (DOWNLOAD HERE)
BROCHURE ABOUT THE CONVENTION (DOWNLAD HERE)
The SSM discourse is working hard to establish the idea that EU Member States that do not legally recognize the same-sex marriages being contracted in another EU Member State, commit “serious violations of one of the fundamental EU principles – freedom of movement of citizens”. Clearly the intention of this argument is to convince the politicians and the general public that the free movement of persons requires the possibility that “every” family (defined as every kind of partnership), shall be able to move together in the EU.