Published On: Sun, Sep 26th, 2021

Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage

GENEVA — Cheers rang out, hugs had been exchanged and rainbow-colored flags waved overhead throughout Switzerland because the Swiss resoundingly voted to enable same-sex {couples} to marry, last outcomes of a nationwide referendum confirmed Sunday.

Official outcomes confirmed the measure handed with 64.1 p.c of the vote whereas greater than half of all voters authorized in every of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, or states. The vote — years within the making — is about to convey the Alpine nation into line with many others in Western Europe and wraps up an usually tense marketing campaign between rival sides.

Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter mentioned on Twitter that the federal government would implement the choice rapidly and, beneath present plans, the brand new guidelines can take impact on July 1.

Switzerland’s parliament and the governing Federal Council — on which she sits — had supported the “Marriage for All” measure, which marks a key step for better rights for gays and lesbians in Switzerland. The nation has licensed same-sex civil partnerships since 2007.

“With this, all couples will in the future be treated equally before the law: all can enter into a civil marriage, with the same rights and obligations,” Keller-Sutter wrote.

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Passage is about to put same-sex companions on an equal authorized footing with heterosexual {couples} by permitting them to undertake kids and facilitating citizenship for same-sex spouses. It may also allow lesbian {couples} to make the most of regulated sperm donation.

“This is a historic day for us and for Switzerland, this is a great step forward, something we have been waiting for for years,” said Laura Russo, co-president of the Geneva Federation of LGBT Associations, at a gathering of joyous supporters of the measure along a Geneva pedestrian street. “This initiative was begun in 2013; we had to wait 8 years for the vote to happen — and here, this is a big ‘Yes.’”

Opponents imagine that changing civil partnerships with full marriage rights would undermine households primarily based on a union between a person and a lady.

Benjamin Roduit of the Christian Democratic People’s Party, which spearheaded the hassle to cease same-sex marriage, claimed not less than some success in elevating consciousness about his celebration’s positions regardless of the defeat on the poll field.

“On our side we have tried to draw attention to the central problem, the one of children and medically assisted procreation,” he said. “On that point, I think we have succeeded in raising awareness among the Swiss people and we will still be here when other steps will be proposed.”

The marketing campaign has been rife with allegations of unfair techniques, with the opposing sides decrying the ripping down of posters, LGBT hotlines getting flooded with complaints, hostile emails, shouted insults in opposition to campaigners and efforts to silence opposing views.

Switzerland, which has a inhabitants of 8.5 million, is historically conservative and solely prolonged the fitting to vote to all ladies within the nation in 1990.

Most international locations in Western Europe already acknowledge same-sex marriage, whereas most of these in Central and Eastern Europe don’t allow wedlock between two males or two ladies.

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