In National Referendum, Croatia Votes to Ban Marriage Equality

The largely Catholic country voted to limit marriage to one man and one woman.

BY Lucas Grindley

December 01 2013 6:26 PM ET

After intense public demonstrations on both sides this weekend, voters in Croatia went to the polls and sided against marriage equality.

AFP reports that more than 65 percent of Croatians voted on Sunday to amend the country's constitution with a ban on same-sex marriage. The process is much like amendments in American states that limit marriage to one man and one woman with a simple majority vote at the ballot box.

The Catholic Church has great influence in the country and led publicly on the "yes" vote side, meaning a vote for limiting marriage.

See photos from the protests on the following pages.

Croatian gay rights supporters hold a picture of Tomislav Karamarko, leader of the conservative opposition Croatian Democratic Union party, reading "Divorced," as they gather for a protest in Zagreb on the eve of the constitutional referendum.

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