>> It was a result gay rights supporters in Romania were hoping for. On Sunday, they celebrated after a vote to change Romania's constitution to prevent same-sex couples from marrying failed. That was due to lower voter turnout, meaning the referendum could not be validated. Just 20.4% of eligibal voters cast their ballots.
Well short of the 30% needed. Human rights groups had encouraged people to boycout the referendum to make it invalid. They said if the poll was successful it would embolden further attempts to chip away at the rights of minority groups. And push the country onto a populous authoritarian track.
The vote was seen as a popularity test for the ruling Social Democrat Party which supported the change. They've come under fire from the EU's executive for it's attempts to weaken anti-corruption legislation. In reality the result will not change much, as religiously conservative Romania already bars marriage and civil partnerships for same sex couples.