Slovenia has rejected same-sex marriage following a referendum. Around two thirds of those who voted rejected a bill which proposed to redefine marriage as being between two consenting adults.
Ales Primc, from the group Children at Stake, said that "this result presents a victory for our children". The country's conservative groups were also reportedly backed by Pope Francis who urged Slovenians to "back the family as the structural reference point for the life of society".
While the more liberal, secular nations across Europe have had no difficulty in redefining marriage, it is clear that there are still a number of nations resistant to any change. Indeed the vast majority of countries across the globe continue to embrace marriage as being between one man and woman.
It's important that marriage (between one man and one woman) be protected for the sake of the family. Marriage is a critical public interest structure for the common good of society. It is the only structure capable of procreating and bringing about new life. Without it, none of us would exist.