A proposal backed by Switzerland, which could also get couples to adopt, with an almost two-thirds majority during a referendum on Sunday.
Switzerland has agreed in a referendum to legalize same-sex marriage by an almost two-thirds majority, making it one of the last countries in Western Europe.
According to the results of the Swiss Federal Chancellors, 64.1 percent of the voters during Sunday’s nationwide referendum voted in favor of the same sex.
“This is a historic day for Switzerland, a historic day when it comes to same-sex equality, and it is also an important day for the entire LGBT community,” said Jan Muller of the “yes” – campaign committee said.
Switzerland is the 30th country in the world to adopt same-sex marriages, and one of the last remaining Western European countries to do so. The Netherlands was the first in 2001.
“We are very happy and relieved,” said Antonia Hauswirth of the national committee “Marriage for All” and supporters would celebrate in the Swiss capital Bern on Sunday.
Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter said same-sex marriage could take place from July 1 next year.
“Whoever likes each other and wants to get married will be able to do it, regardless of whether it is two men, two women or a man and a woman,” she said.
“The state does not have to tell the citizens how to live their lives.”
Amnesty International welcomes the move as a “milestone for equality”.
Although same-sex couples can register a civil partnership, with about 700 established annually, the agreement does not offer the same rights as marriage, including the acquisition of citizenship and joint adoption of children.
The amended law will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children during civil ceremonies. Married lesbian couples will also have access to sperm donation, which was one of the more controversial aspects of the referendum campaign.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. The Swiss parliament has approved a referendum on the issue of direct democracy in Switzerland after the Swiss parliament approved a bill in December last year to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Monika Rueegger of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and member of the referendum committee “No to marriage for all” said she was disappointed with the result.
“It was not about love and feelings, but about the well-being of children. “Children and fathers are the losers here,” she told Reuters.
The law will also make it easier for foreigners who are married to Swiss people to obtain citizenship.
A majority in all 26 cantons of the country of more than eight million people voted yes – even the most conservative. Support was strongest in Basel, with 74 percent.
“The Swiss dropped a massive ‘yes’ in the ballot box,” Olga Baranova, a spokeswoman for the ‘yes’ committee, told AFP news agency.
She was in a restaurant in the Swiss capital Bern that hosted the celebrations of the “yes” campaign – covered with balloons in the rainbow colors.
“Today my country is not changing,” Baranova said.
‘Today the mentality change reflects the past 20 years. It really is a reflection of a very broad and very important acceptance of LGBT people in society. ”