Romanian vote to ban same sex marriage fails on low turnout

Romania’s constitutional court says gay couples have the same rights to a private life and a family life as heterosexuals and thus should benefit from legal ‘recognition of their rights and obligations’. (AFP pic)

BUCHAREST: A two-day referendum to change Romania’s constitution so same sex couples cannot secure the right to marry failed to meet the required 30% voter turnout to be validated, the election bureau said on Sunday.

Turnout stood at 20.4% by the time the polls closed at 1800 GMT.