Making its stance against same-sex marriage clear, Slovakia's parliament passed an amendment to its constitution, defining marriage as a union between man and woman. The amendment, drafted by leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico's Smer-Social Democraty party and the opposition Christian Democrats, was backed by 102 lawmakers while 18 voted against it. The amendment required a two-thirds majority in the 150-member parliament. "The marriage amendment will not bring about any drastic changes, it only seals in the constitution what is already defined by law," said Fico, whose Smer is a member of the traditionally liberal Party of European Socialists group in the European Parliament. The European Union's newest member Croatia outlawed same-sex marriage in a referendum last year, triggering a similar constitutional amendment, but swiftly passed a civil union law for same-sex couples. No form of same-sex civil union is legal in Slovakia, where more than 70 percent of the population of 5.4 million is Christian, according to a 2011 census. But a 2012 opinion poll showed that 47 percent of Slovaks supported civil unions for same-sex couples while 38 percent were opposed. "It's scandalous that Smer, a social-democrat party, supported this amendment, going against the EU trend to make different types of families equal," Romana Schlesinger from the Queer Leaders Forum NGO told AFP. "You don't make marriage more attractive by banning all the alternatives," Martin Macko, head of the LGBTI Initiative "Inakost" added. "The number of unmarried couples living together will continue to grow, including same-sex couples that have been part of society for a long time but without any legal recognition." Same-sex marriage is legal in a handful of the 27 other EU states including Britain and France, while civil unions are recognised by the Czech Republic, Germany and others.Source: AFP << John Lennon Drawings and Writings Fetch Four to Five Times ... High Blood Pressure in Middle Age Linked to Weaker Memory i... >> Recommended Reading China's First Gay Pride Event Will Lack the Fanfare China's first Gay Pride event, organised by Shanghai's English-speaking expatriates, has been quietly celebrating homosexuality this week with no hint of a parade or advertising hype. READ MORE Law on "Gay Partnership" Proposed by Croatian Government Croatia's government Thursday presented a draft law on registered gay partnership that will give homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, apart from child adoption. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Post-Nasal Drip How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?