Slovakia/LGBT: A referendum against a minority is against democracy
Next Saturday, Slovakia will hold a very controversial referendum promoted by a group of religious and conservative organisations severely discriminating LGBT people.
According to recent surveys, few voters seem to show interest in this consultation. Yet, its outcome causes concerns across the European Union.
Jörg Leichtfried, S&D vice-president, said:
"We call on Slovakian citizens to stand up for democracy and human rights.
"Besides the content of this referendum, what strikes the most is that Slovakian citizens are not being asked to take a decision about their own rights, but about the rights of a minority. In democracy, not even a majority can deny equal rights to a minority."