.- A commission charged with revising the Dominican Republicâs constitution has rejected the legalization of same-sex âmarriagesâ and affirmed that the family based on a union between one man and one woman is the foundation of society.
âThe State will promote and protect the organization of the family founded upon the institution of marriage between one man and one woman,â the text of the reformed constitution reads. According to media reports, the text also affirms that the State âshall guarantee the protection of the family. The good of the family shall be declared inalienable and absolute in conformity with the law.â
The commission recognized the rights and duties of civil unions and added that they must be limited to heterosexual couples.
Likewise the commission ratified that only the Catholic Church could officiate marriages that have civil status, thus rejecting proposals by other religious denominations. It also âdeclared the eradication of child labor and every kind of abuse and violence against minorsâ to be a national priority.