Another initiative launched to define 'family' in Constitution of Latvia

On August 2, the initiative group 'Latvian Union of Husbands' (Latvijas vīru biedrība)  repeatedly submitted the initiative for a referendum on changing the Section 110 of the Constitution which defines family, according to the Central Election Commission (CVK).

Previously, the initiative was submitted in July 21 and was open for 12 months, until July 29, 2022. It was signed by 58,222 people which is not enough to initiate a referendum. The necessary signature count is 154,868, not less than a tenth of eligible voters in the previous Saeima elections.

The Section 110 is currently worded thus in the Constitution: 

"The State shall protect and support marriage - a union between a man and a woman, the family, the rights of parents and rights of the child. The State shall provide special support to disabled children, children left without parental care or who have suffered from violence."

The proposed draft law encourages the wording of Section 110 of the Constitution as follows:

"The State protects and supports marriage - a union between a man and a woman, a family based on marriage, blood relation or adoption, the rights of parents and a child, including the right to grow up in a family based on a mother (woman) and father (man).

"The State protects parental rights and their freedom to raise children in accordance with their religious and philosophical views. The State particularly helps disabled children, children left without parental care or suffering from violence, multi-children families, and mothers and fathers who care for children without the other parent."

The proposal to change the wording of the Constitution, first encouraged by the National Alliance, has been widely criticized by LGBTI movements, evasively responded to by PM Krišjānis Kariņš, and discussed in the Saeima. 

The repeated signature collection starts August 3 and is valid until August 2, 2023.

 

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