Macedonia’s conservative government have today voted to allow a proposed ban on same-sex marriage in the country.
The proposal was passed in the National Assembly with 2 thirds voting in support.
The proposed bill will officially define marriage as a ‘union between a man and a woman’, therefore banning same-sex marriages. The bill will now be passed to the nation’s parliament for approval and amendment and is expected to become law by the end of the month.
Marriage now joins a growing list of civil liberties that have been stripped from LGBT+ Macedonians under their conservative government. In 2010 the government removed sexual orientation as grounds for protection under anti-discrimination laws. Parliament also approved a law to change constitutional law in order to block same sex marriage in 2014.