BERN, SWITZERLAND — (10-03-21) — The citizens of Switzerland legalized same-sex marriage and, gave the right for gay couples to adopt children with nearly two-thirds majority vote last Sunday. Switzerland was one of the last countries in the European Union to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Swiss federal chancellery reported that 64.1% of voters voted in favor of gay marriage in the nationwide referendum that took place under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy.
“We are very happy and relieved,” said Antonia Hauswirth of the national committee “Marriage for All”.
Amnesty International released a statement on the passage of same-sex marriage saying that opening civil marriage to same-sex couples was a “milestone for equality”.
However, Monika Rueegger of Switzerland’s well known right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and member of the referendum committee who promote “No to Marriage for All” said she was disappointed in the outcome.
“This was not about love and feelings, it was about children’s welfare,” Rueegger told reporters. “Children and fathers are the losers here,” said Rueegger.
The great news is that gay couples will now be able to get married and adopt children unrelated to them without prejudice and discrimination!
In fact married lesbian couples will now be allowed to have children through sperm donation, something that the country’s married heterosexual couples were only allowed to do.
The amended law will also make it easier for LGBTQ foreign spouses of a Swiss individual to get citizenship.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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