Supporters of same-sex marriage win referendum in Switzerland
Most referendum participants in Switzerland support legalization of same-sex marriage
Over 60% of the participants in the referendum in Switzerland, according to preliminary voting results, on Sunday supported the “marriage for all” initiative, which implies the legalization of same-sex unions in the country.
According to the sociological institute gfs.bern, published by the Swiss television and radio company SRF, by 16.03 Moscow time, 63.5% of voters in 23 cantons and half-cantons out of 26 voted in support of the initiative.
The Swiss parliament at the end of last year approved a “marriage for all”, including allowing lesbian couples to have access to sperm banks. Later, the initiative was opposed mainly by representatives of two parties of the confederation – the parliamentary Swiss People’s Party and the conservative Federal Democratic Union (EDU), which submitted signatures in support of a referendum on the initiative “marriage for all”.
Since 2007, in Switzerland, persons of the same sex have been able to formalize relations in the form of a so-called registered partnership. However, members of such unions, in particular, were not allowed to adopt children.
Source: bbc website