According to the results provided by the Swiss Federal Chancellery, 64.1 percent of voters voted in favor of same-sex marriage in the national referendum, which took place under the Swiss system of direct democracy. “We are very happy and relieved,” said Antonia Hauswirth of the National Wedding for All Committee, adding that the supporters would celebrate Sunday in the Swiss capital Bern.
The amended law will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt unrelated children. Lesbian married couples will also be allowed to have children through sperm donation, which is currently only legal for married heterosexual couples.
It will also facilitate the obtaining of nationality for foreign spouses of a Swiss citizen.
Amnesty International said in a statement that opening civil marriage to same-sex couples was an “important step towards equality”.
Children and fathers are ‘losers here’, says opponent
However, Monika Rueegger of the right-wing Swiss People’s Party and member of the No to Marriage for All referendum committee said she was disappointed.
“It wasn’t about love and feelings, it was about the well-being of the children. Children and fathers are the losers here, ”she told Reuters.
In a polling station in Geneva on Sunday, voter Anna Leimgruber said she had voted for the “no” camp because she believed “children would need a father and a mother”.
But Nicolas Dzierlatka, who voted “yes”, said what children need is love.
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“I think what is important for children is that they are loved and respected – and I think there are children who are not respected or loved in so-called straight couples,” he said. -he declares.
Swiss Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter told a press conference that the new rules would likely go into effect on July 1, 2022. Supporters say it could take as long to finalize the changes, mostly due to administrative and legislative procedures.
Switzerland, with a population of 8.5 million, is traditionally conservative and only extended the right to vote to all its women in 1990.
Most countries in Western Europe already recognize same-sex marriage, while most in Central and Eastern Europe do not allow marriages involving two men or two women.