Switzerland Approves Same-Sex Marriage By Wide Margin

Switzerland has approved same-sex marriage by a wide margin

Lagging behind but they got there: Switzerland has voted to legalize same-sex marriage by a wide margin of 64.1% approving the measure. A majority in all of the nation’s cantons, or states, said ‘yes’ to marriage equality.

Swiss lawmakers had voted in December to legalize same-sex marriage. But conservative politicians — opposed to the law — managed to secure the required 50,000 signatures to put the issue to a referendum.

Switzerland approved civil partnerships for same-sex couples in 2007 which offered some, but not all, of the rights of marriage.

The “Marriage for All’ measure will ensure same-sex couples will be able to adopt children together and facilitate citizenship for spouses. Additionally, lesbian couples will be able to access sperm donations.

It could still take months before same-sex weddings can take place primarily due to the country’s administrative procedures.

It might surprise some that the Alpine nation of 8.5 million residents is traditionally conservative. It was only in 1990 that women gained the right to vote.

Most countries in Western Europe already recognize same-sex marriage, while most of those in Central and Eastern Europe don’t allow wedlock involving two men or two women.