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Slovak Republic: Effort to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Fails

(Feb. 12, 2015) On February 7, 2015, Slovakia held a national referendum on the subject of same-sex marriage. The initiative, designed to strengthen the country’s ban on the practice, failed due to low voter participation. Instead of the 50% needed for a valid vote, only approximately 21% of those eligible took part. The questions the […]

Slovak Republic: Marriage Defined as Between One Man and One Woman

(June 10, 2014) On June 4, 2014, the National Council of the Slovak Republic (NCSR, the country’s parliament) adopted an amendment to the Slovak Constitution to define marriage as “the unique bond between one man and one woman.” (Julie Deisher, Slovakia Amends Constitution to Define Marriage as Between One Man and One Woman, PAPER CHASE […]

Slovak Republic: Venice Commission Recommends Further Amendment of Language Law

(Nov. 12, 2010) The Slovak Republic enacted a State Language Law that became effective on September 1, 2009. The Law limited the public use of languages of minority peoples in the country, imposed fines on those who use minority languages when they “should not be used,” and held agreements concluded in languages other than Slovak […]

Slovak Republic: New Public Entertainment Rules

(Dec. 24, 2008) On November 24, 2008, Ivan Gasparovic, the President of the Slovak Republic, signed a new Law on Organizing Public Sports and Tourism Events. The Law is aimed at improving safety at sports arenas and making sports fans' behavior at stadiums more civilized by prescribing stricter rules for spectators, increasing the responsibility of […]