Fiala cabinet takes neutral stance on rival amendments to marriage law – Brno Daily
The same-sex marriage bill would require an absolute majority in the lower and upper houses of parliament. Photo credit: Freepik
Prague, Aug 25 (CTK) – The Czech government has taken a neutral stance on an MP’s initiative to define marriage in the constitution as between a man and a woman, Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) has said. to reporters after a cabinet meeting today.
He said the cabinet intended to leave space for MPs to question proposals based on their own values and ethics, and for government ministers to vote according to their own values and faith.
The Chamber of Deputies has already received a bill tabled by another group of deputies to allow same-sex marriage in the Czech Republic. The government has also taken a neutral position on this bill.
During the comment procedure, the cabinet received nine negative and three positive positions on the constitutional amendment. Seven other institutions adopted a neutral position.
Some ministries said approval of the bill should be a political decision.
Fiala said yesterday that the cabinet had adopted a neutral position.
“It aligns with our position, which we have stated on several occasions, that in matters relating to values and ethics, we would leave it up to each MP and cabinet member what position they take based on their values, their faith and things they believe,” he explained.
The bill amending the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms was tabled by a group of around fifty MPs led by KDU-CSL MP Marek Vyborny, from the governing parties Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), Civic Democrats ( ODS) and TOP 09 and the opposition ANO and Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD).
MEPs say they want to strengthen the traditional family by defining marriage between a man and a woman, which they see as one of its foundations.
The proposal to modify the Civil Code authorizing same-sex marriages was signed by a deputy from each of the five groups of deputies: Mayors and Independents (STAN), TOP 09, Pirates and ODS from the government coalition and ANO from the opposition.
Previously, the cabinet also took a neutral stance on this bill.
While passage of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill would require a 50%+1 absolute majority in the lower and upper houses of parliament, the constitutional definition of marriage between opposite-sex couples would require a three-fifths majority to pass.
Most parties allow their MPs to vote freely on matters of conscience.
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