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Slovenia is voting on whether to allow gay people to get married

Slovenia is voting on whether to allow gay people to get married

Slovenia Pride celebrated same-sex marriage

Slovenia is voting this week on whether to allow same-sex couples to get married.

EU politicians are urging the public to vote in favor of same-sex marriage. If the results revealed on Sunday show the majority are in support, Slovenia will become the first Central European, Slavic and post-Communist nation to do so.

Voters are deciding on the law passed in March.

United Left MP Matej Vatovec has pushed the bill through, saying once it had passed Slovenia would become a ‘truly tolerant and inclusive community’.

However, center-right parties opposed the measure and a petition collected 80,000 signatures – forcing a referendum.

A minimum of 20% of voters (343,104 people) will have to cast their vote for the referendum to be valid, and more than half of those who vote will need to reject the law in order for it to be overturned.

The most recent survey, commissioned on 30 November for Delo, shows the vote is at an even split, with 40% in favor and 41% against.