by Ryan Fitzgerald • ChurchMilitant.com • December 21, 2015
And Pope Francis lent a hand
So-called marriage equality had been effectively forced onto the Slovenian people by their parliament in March, but conservatives in the country challenged it and ended up having it put to a vote.
The referendum required at least 343,104 citizens to vote for it to count. More than 380,000, or around 36 percent of the population, turned out, so the results will be enforced.
And the earliest count, with nearly 90 percent of all votes accounted for, shows that about 63 percent voted to repeal “gay marriage.”
That outcome may very well have been helped by Pope Francis, who didn’t hide his views on the matter last Wednesday when he urged Slovenians to stand up for the traditional family.
“I wish to encourage all Slovenians, especially those in public capacity, to preserve the family as the basic unit of society,” His Holiness declared to Slovenians at his general audience.
At the end of the latest cultural battle, despite the prior approval of same-sex “marriage” back in March, there still has not been a single legal marriage between two persons of the same sex in Slovenia