Referendum: ZA ili PROTIV


Croatians today are preparing to vote on a historic referendum – the first in 23 years of independence that was initiated by the people of Croatia. A referendum is an initiative to which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a proposal and it is a true showcase of democracy within a country. The referendum on Sunday is whether or not to constitutionally define marriage between a man and woman. Earlier this year, members of parliament hinted that same sex couples would be granted rights and treated as if they were married. The group “In the name of Family” (U ime obitelji) collected 750,000 signatures in support of the vote, which forced the parliament to call for a referendum.


In recent weeks, Croatia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vesna Pusić has said “I am calling for all citizens, regardless of what your opinion or views are on this topic, to vote against!” In fact, Croatia’s ruling centre left coalition, including Prime Minister Zoran Milanović urged citizens to vote against (protiv). Since the start of this initiative, members of the left-wing government have been making statements, calling the initiative ‘medieval, discriminatory and imposing religious doctrine’. Zoran Milanović has also said “this will be the last time Croatia sees a referendum.” Those words are bone chilling, when a prime minister of a country threatens and says a democratic referendum will never happen again. Government controlled  media have also been using state television by ridiculing the whole campaign, bullying and terrorizing the citizens who will vote in favor of keeping marriage traditional. Since when does a government pick and choose who and what they are going to support? A government should be a true representation of ALL citizens of country, they are after all the peoples government.


While I do not understand how a minority feel they have the power to amend a law that was passed generations ago, or how a minority can redefine marriage as it was established hundreds of years ago, I will  not debate this topic on this blog. I feel that those who are for traditional marriage, and those who are against are set in their opinions and their decisions would certainly not be swayed by my thoughts in this post. What I will say is that I am very disappointed with the governments stance and the bullying that is happening against a majority of Croatia’s citizens. The noise surrounding this referendum is yet another example of the totalitarian government and it must be stopped. If anything does come out of this referendum besides it’s sole purpose, it will be that this is the most democratic referendum the 23 year old country has seen.


One thought on “Referendum: ZA ili PROTIV

  1. I have already expressed my views on this on Ina’s blog and I stick by my belief that such a solution (in short: government out of ALL marriage) would be a logical answer that could benefit everyone in society. However, I think the marriage debate has basically just turned into “them vs us” and “don’t let the evil church get their way”. Basically, it’s become all about spite and not love, not human rights, not understanding and not dealing with harmful and negative views towards minorities. How the idiot media and Milanovic, Pusic, et al, don’t realise that all they’re doing is harming relations between citizens, is beyond me. Or perhaps it is their goal to divide?

    I have been reading some Croatian news portals and according to 24sata, apparently they won’t be reporting anything from U Ime Obitelji? So much for freedom of press and quality journalism that aims to give people the full scope of information. You have to hand it to Croatian media and politicians: they work so damn hard to keep communism alive.

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