NGOs question constitutionality of marriage referendum call

12. November 2013.

Three nongovernmental organisations, Zagreb Pride, CroL and the Centre of Civil Courage on Tuesday submitted a request to the Constitutional Court to assess the constitutionality of the Croatian Parliament's decision to call a referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage for December 1 and they also urged the court to suspend that decision.

We demand protection of the Constitution and consider that the Sabor has breached a number of constitutional provisions, a spokesman for the NGOs Zeljko Peratovic said, pointing out that the Sabor had not consulted with the Constitutional Court prior to calling the referendum.

"We have proposed that the Constitutional Court temporarily suspend the Sabor decision on the referendum until the court makes a decision and in the end we manage to save around 50 million kuna," he said.

The NGOs propose that the national legislature's decision to call the referendum on marriage be proclaimed unconstitutional and void and that procedures so far taken in relation to the civil initiative 'In the Name of the Family' be proclaimed in contradiction to the Constitution.