Western Europe

Swiss voters approved same-sex marriages on referendum

13:51, 27 September 2021
Swiss voters approved same-sex marriages on referendum Photo: Melanie M/wikipedia.org/CC BY 2.0

On Sunday, nearly two-thirds of Swiss referendum attendees supported the introduction of same-sex marriage as the initators called this a historic moment for gay rights in the country.

The government’s plans for the “marriage for all” initiative were opposed by the straight couples who stood against it, triggering the referendum.

However, 64.1% of voters on a 52% turnout have been for the implementation of the introduction.

“It is a historic day for Switzerland, a historic day when it comes to equality for same-sex couples, and it is also an important day for the whole LGBT community,” sain Jan Muller of the “yes” campaign committee.

Switzerland is the 30th country in Europe to admit the same-sex marriages and remains one of the last westert European nations to put this into practice. The first country that adopted the above-mentioned marriages was the Netherlands, in 2001.

“The state does not have to tell citizens how they should lead their lives,” justice minister Karin Keller-Sutter said.

The strongest support came from the city of Basel, which indicated 74% of “yes” votes.

The first same-sex marriges are expected to happen from July 1 next year, according to the justice minister.