Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law and 24 Romanian NGOs have asked the Romanian Constitutional Court to rule illegal a proposed amendment to the Romanian Constitution that would define marriage as a "union between a man and a woman".
The Coalition for Family, which includes 34 local NGOs and associations, has gathered three million signatures in support of the amendment, which unsurprisingly is supported by the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The amendment, if passed, would mean that homosexual marriage could not be permitted without a referendum. The amendment is therefore a very democratic one.
Yet it is the people who want the amendment and therefore want to have a vote on the matter - not Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists and the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law, who recoil from the idea of a vote - who are accused of being 'intolerant' and 'undemocratic'.
Orwell called it Newspeak. Humpty Dumpty said, 'When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'