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The Referendum on the So-called Traditional Family in the Slovak Republic

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2015 / No. 1
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THE REFERENDUM ON THE SO-CALLED TRADITIONAL FAMILY
IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC

DANIEL KROŠLÁK
Faculty of Law of Trnava University in Trnava, Slovak Republic


The referendum on the so-called traditional family was held in Slovakia on February 7, 2015. Though it was requested in a petition by a large number of Slovak citizens, it was deemed invalid due to an insufficient turnout (21.41%). This paper aims to highlight relevant moments from the referendum initiation to voting itself, while specifically focusing on the analysis of political issues (especially the statements of officials - politicians, church representatives and LGBTI activists), legal issues (whether the scope of the referendum was compliant with the Constitution) and media campaigns (campaigning in audio-visual media, internet media and billboard campaigning).

[This article is the result of research conducted within the scientific project 'Legal Arguments and Legal Principles as Sources of Law', supported by the Slovak Research and Development Agency, registered under no. APVV-0562-11.]

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