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On December 1, 2013, the Croatian voters adopted a constitutional amendment in a referendum. It changed Art. 62 of the Croatian constitution, declaring marriage a union between a woman and a man.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    In Lithuania, two similar initiatives have failed up until 2014. All references to individual countries refer to the respective country chapters in this volume.

  2. 2.

    Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, and Slovenia have at least introduced various forms of recognized partnerships (Wikipedia 2015).

  3. 3.

    For further information on the network, see its website at https://verfassungspolitik.wordpress.com, last accessed December 31, 2015.

  4. 4.

    We have excluded Kosovo, since its state-building started in 2008 only, and its status remains highly controversial both in political terms and according to international law.

  5. 5.

    This especially applies to authoritarian contexts (particularly Russia), but also to countries in which the constitutional law not only consists of the constitution itself, but also includes additional constitutional laws (Czech Republic, Estonia, and Slovakia).

  6. 6.

    The selection criterion is here that such attempts at least have reached the formal amendment procedure as outlined by the valid constitution.

  7. 7.

    One rare exception is Köppl (2003).

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Fruhstorfer, A., Hein, M. (2016). Introduction. In: Fruhstorfer, A., Hein, M. (eds) Constitutional Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-13762-5_1

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