“The marriage of a man and a woman typically has the potential to fulfill all the main functions of the family, and especially to bring the next generation into the world and raise them in irreplaceable and mutually irreplaceable maternal and paternal love and role models, in an environment that provides at least some guarantees of stability and longevity. Any other form of family coexistence cannot be capable of this to such an extent,” the justification for the submitted proposal states.
In order to adopt such a change to the Constitution, the votes of at least three-fifths of all deputies, i.e. at least 120 out of 200 deputies, and three-fifths of the senators present are required.
“If a proposal to amend the Constitution is presented, where marriage will be defined as a relationship between a man and a woman, I will undoubtedly support it. A family is a union of a man and a woman. Dot,” said President Miloš Zeman at the beginning of June during the visit of the new Hungarian president, Katalin Nováková.
“It will significantly worsen the position and life of hundreds of thousands of LGBT people, couples and thousands of rainbow families with children compared to the current situation. But such a ban will most affect the lives of thousands of children, who would continue to live in daily uncertainty and in an even worse legal vacuum. At the time of our presidency of the European Union, the attempt to divide society into people and children of the first and second categories is not a good business card. Especially when in all EU countries to the west of us (with the exception of Italy) they already have marriage for all couples,” commented on Twitter the proposal of 54 members of the Jsme fér organization, which strives to enable same-sex marriage.
Reaction to the attempt to promote same-sex marriage
The effort to enshrine marriage in the Constitution as an exclusive union of a man and a woman is a reaction to the attempt of another group of deputies, which has already proposed an amendment to the Civil Code so that marriages can also be concluded by persons of the same sex. The bill was signed by five MPs from STAN, the Pirate Party, ODS, TOP 09 and the ANO movement.
“For the Pirates, we believe that people are meant to be equal not only in duties but also in rights. It is not possible to divide citizens into categories according to whom they love and with whom they want to spend their lives. Today, hundreds of thousands of LGBT+ people do not have the opportunity to get married, which means that they, along with their children, lose their legal security. For example, in the event of the dissolution of a registered partnership, children are not entitled to alimony, or in the event of the death of a parent, children in a registered partnership are not entitled to an orphan’s pension and an inheritance,” said Olga Richterová, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Pirates.
Both the proposal to allow couples of the same sex to enter into marriage and the amendment to the Constitution to enshrine in it that marriage is exclusively the union of a man and a woman were on the table in the last election period as well, but the supporters of neither proposal were in the House of Representatives enough votes to pass it.
ODS chairman and Prime Minister Petr Fiala said last year that he always respected the free vote of legislators in ethical matters. As a conservative MP, he himself is convinced that marriage can only be the marriage of a man and a woman.