Uncivil society: Slovakia's anti-gay activists

The Economist

BILLIONS of euros, dollars, pounds, kroner and other Western currencies have been spent over the past two decades trying to develop civil society in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, much of it without success. But a forthcoming referendum in Slovakia shows that in some places citizens are capable of organising in pursuit of political goals—albeit ones not typically found on the liberal agendas of international non-governmental organisations. In just five months, the grassroots Alliance for Family (AZR) has collected more than 400,000 signatures (about 8% of the population) on a petition to restrict the family rights of gays.

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