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Slovenians reject law in referendum that would have allowed gays, lesbians to adopt partners' children

BY ALI ZERDIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Slovenians rejected in a national referendum on Sunday a new family law that included a highly contested clause that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in some cases.

The law drafted by Slovenia's former center-left government - and opposed by conservatives close to the Catholic Church - would have allowed gay couples to adopt the biological children of their partners. It did not allow the adoption of children from a third party.

With 98 percent of the vote counted, about 55 percent of those who took part in the referendum rejected the law, while about 45 supported it, the state referendum commission said. Turnout was low, about 26 percent.

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