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Czech president hints at veto as lawmakers push marriage for all bill

Czech President Milos Zeman has threatened to use his veto should lawmakers attempt to pass a bill that would broaden the definition of marriage beyond unions exclusively between one man and one woman.

Czech President Milos Zeman has threatened to use his veto should lawmakers attempt to pass a bill that would broaden the definition of marriage beyond unions exclusively between one man and one woman.

“A family consists of a man and a woman, that’s it,” said the 77-year-old after a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Katalin Novak, in Prague. “I’m not aware up to this point that same-sex couples can have children.”

He also noted that the Czech word for ‘marriage’ is ‘manželství,’ which includes the word for ‘husband’ (manžel).

Lawmakers from a mix of government and opposition parties have been pushing legislation that would make a marriage any union between two adults, regardless of gender or orientation.

“In the 21st century, there’s no space for having two classes of citizens,” tweeted Interior Minister Vit Rakusan. Right now, all Czechs have the option of registering civil partnerships, but marriage is limited to heterosexual couples.

A presidential veto could be overturned if an absolute majority of all lawmakers – not just those present at the time of the vote – voted to do so. Zeman’s second and last term is set to end in March.

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