Same sex marriages go against Latvia ’customs’, says minister

  • 2014-10-17
  • From wire reports, RIGA

Latvia’s Justice Minister says his country will not support recognizing same sex marriages (photo: AFP)

Latvia will not support recognizing same sex marriages as it goes against Latvian 'customs', Latvia's Justice Minister Gaidis Berzins has said.

The ministers comments come after Estonia became the first post Soviet country to recognize same sex marriages earlier this week.

"The Constitution of Latvia clearly defines how marriage is understood in this country, namely - a union between a man and a woman. Only this union bears children , and the result is a family," Berzins, co chairman Latvia's National Alliance party said.

Berzins said he was 'alarmed' over the stance of other EU countries in recognizing same sex marriages and added "tiny Latvia must strongly advocate traditional marriage and protect families in order to grow and thrive."

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