Switzerland legalizes via referendum civil marriage and right to adopt for same-sex couples

By Silke Koltrowitz, 27 September
Switzerland legalizes via referendum civil marriage and right to adopt for same-sex couples (photo credit: headtopics.com)
Switzerland legalizes via referendum civil marriage and right to adopt for same-sex couples (photo credit: headtopics.com)
Switzerland agreed to legalise civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples by a nearly two-thirds majority in a referendum on Sunday, making it one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalise gay marriage. According to results provided by the Swiss federal chancellery, 64.1% of voters voted in favour of same-sex marriage in the nationwide referendum that was conducted under Switzerland's system of direct democracy. [...] The amended law will make it possible for same-sex couples to get married, and to adopt children unrelated to them. Married lesbian couples will also be allowed to have children through sperm donation, currently legal only for married heterosexual couples. It will also make it easier for foreign spouses of a Swiss individual to get citizenship. Swiss Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter told a media briefing the new rules would likely come into force on July 1 next year.
Read the full article here: Reuters

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