Georgia Prime Minister calls for constitutional ban on equal marriage

At the end of March, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili introduced an amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in the constitution.

The amendment allegedly purports to avoid “misinterpretation” of an anti-discrimination bill which was introduced at the same time. This bill would address remaining legal gaps in anti-discrimination legislation, including for LGBT people.

Six EU Member states have constitutional bans on equal marriage, including most recently Croatia, where a Church-led referendum mobilised enough support for a constitutional amendment. Other EU Member States constitutionally defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman are Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Read more at the official European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights website