RO President and Chamber of Deputies: Don't Weaken Marriage...Don't Legislate for Civil Partnerships!
Right now, so-called Civil Partnership legislation is before Romania's Chamber of Deputies.
"Civil Partnership" is basically another term for civil marriage for those who are co-habiting, but, the main difference between civil partnership and civil marriage is that, at the moment, only men and women - under the Romanian Constitution - can enter into marriage.
So, some politicians - who wish to be seen as progressive - are saying with the mooted legislation: "Why not make civil partnership available to everyone?", and give all of the same rights to co-habiting couples as married couples.
And, of course, it sounds so reasonable.
BUT, it is NOT reasonable. In fact, it is completely UNREASONABLE. Why?
For two important reasons: 1) Principally, because marriage - and, the special rights accorded to the institution of marriage by the state - is about children, and protecting the absolute right of children to have a mother and a father in their lives, when and where possible; and, 2) Because civil partnership will inevitably and inexorably lead to so-called same-sex "marriage", same-sex adoption, and so forth.
Of course, those promoting civil partnerships legislation deny and protest against the accusation that civil partnerships will lead to same-sex "marriage", but they know better.
Most countries which legalise so-called civil partnerships also, then, legalise so-called same-sex "marriage".
In the European context, we need only look to France, the UK, Ireland and the Nordic countries, to mention just a few examples.
And, as if to underline the real, long-term objective of campaigners for same-sex "marriage" in Ireland and in the Nordic countries, as soon as same-sex "marriage" was adopted in each of those countries, civil partnerships were abolished!
That just shows that the real objective in passing civil partnerships is to "soften the ground" for the eventual legalisation of same-sex "marriage".
But, that is only logical, because after civil partnerships are made legal, those pressing for same-sex "marriage" will claim that their "rights" are being discriminated against - which will obviously include the pretend "rights" to found a family, to have children (and, therefore, for the state to pay for their IVF and surrogacy), etc.
And, of course, the national curriculum for schoolchildren will be changed to acknowledge every "form" of family, as if they were all equal.
But, here's the point: Discriminating between things which are different is not a bad thing. In this case, there is a fundamental difference between marriage, as between one man and one woman, and any other type of co-habiting relationship. It's about children and about giving children's rights priority - especially, where at all possible, for a child to be raised by his/her opposite sex parents, as a married couple.
For its part, the state should be promoting marriage as the best situation in which children are to be raised...not seeking to diminish the status of marriage to just one of many options.
Simply put, society should not put the desires of adults above those of children. It's not all about love and affection; it's about stability for children. And, studies have shown that the single best environment for children to be raised is that of a marriage between an opposite sex couple.
Now, on another, related note, it is actually appalling that Deputies and Senators should be trying to push civil partnerships at the very same time as there is a massive public demand to protect marriage, as between a man and a woman, by referendum! Last year, 3M Romanian citizens demanded their right to change the Romanian Constitution to give effect to their deeply held belief that marriage should be reserved to one man and one woman.
Thus, this latest attempt to circumvent the will of the public by the Houses of Parliament is nothing less than a slap in the face to the Romanian public.
This petition, which is directed both to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and to the President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Liviu Dragnea, calls on the Government to: 1) Emphatically reject civil partnerships legislation as an affront to Romanian children and families; and, 2) Pass legislation allowing for a referendum which will give constitutional protection to marriage as defined as between one man and one woman.
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Referendum Now on Marriage Between a Man and a Woman...NO to Civil Partnerships!