Tuesday, March 18, 2014

World News

Romanian parliamentary committee rejects same-sex civil partnerships bill
Romanian parliament building
STAFF REPORTS | BUCHAREST -- A bill which would have legalised same-sex civil partnerships was unanimously rejected earlier this month by a parliamentary committee in Romania. The measure would have allowed both same and opposite-sex couples to register their partnerships, allowing them to “enjoy rights like the right to inheritance, the right to become a co-beneficiary on the other’s health insurance, the right to apply for [housing] loans as joint debtors”. 
Authored by a member of the Greens Party, MP Remus Cernea, the bill received tremendous opposition from lawmakers in all parties in the Senate losing in a vote of 2 votes in favour and 105 against.
The unanimous rejection by the juridical Commission of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies occurred after the Senate vote  with one lawmaker, Diana Tusha from the Christian Democratic National Peasants’ Party, labeling the bill ‘cultural marxism’ reported Stiripentruviata.ro.
“Trying to legislate for civil partnership is trying to prove that it suffices to adopt a set of laws in order to make people think and feel differently and that one can always redesign the ideals and values of humanity according to our own will," Tusha said adding, 
“There is no need to traumatize further generations in the name of some illusory progress made through alien recipes. Such a recipe is cultural Marxism."
Cernea is hoping to re-introduce the bill at a later date, but given the resounding rejections, it is unlikely to fare much better.