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Slovakian parliament rejects Istanbul Convention

The Slovakian parliament has rejected the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Grzegorz Górny explains how Slovakia opposed the demands of Brussels and pressure from the LGBTQ lobby.

Just a day before the second round of presidential elections that gave victory to Zuzana Čaputová, 101 MPs voted in favor of rejecting the convention and only 28 opposed the notion.

The controversial Istanbul Convention contains dangerous entries demanding the introduction of elements of gender ideology in accordance with LGBTQ postulates, into public life.

So far, the convention has been signed by 36 states but ratified by only 16. Slovakia under the government of Iveta Radicova signed the document but never ratified it due to social opposition. 

Slovakian PM Robert Fico declared that the government cannot accept a law which is against the beliefs of the majority of Slovakian citizens. He added that some entries in the convention may be incompatible with the Slovakian constitution, because they allow for the introduction of same sex marriages. An amendment to the Slovakian constitution had been made, which defines a marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. 

Slovakian politicians have resisted increasing pressure from Brussels

Furthermore, Slovakian law does not permit civil unions between persons of the same gender. Such argumentation had been accepted by the majority of Slovakian MPs during the last parliamentary debate.

With this decision, Slovakian politicians have resisted increasing pressure from Brussels. In March 2018 the European Parliament called for all EU member states which signed the convention to ratify it as quickly as possible, including Slovakia.

The path for Poland to follow?

What will Poland do? During Civic Platform rule the convention had been signed by the government and ratified by Parliament. Poland is now obliged to introduce the laws. The current subject of the demands of the LGBTQ lobby is becoming the main axis of ideological conflict in Poland. Most citizens reject utopian social engineering projects forced by gender ideologists.

Will Warsaw, therefore, follow in Bratislava’s footsteps?

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