By James Moules
SWITZERLAND is set to become the most recent nation to extent marriage rights to same-sex couples following a referendum on September 26, 2021.
The vote saw 64.10 per cent of voters approve the amendment to the Swiss Civil Code, which will legalise marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
The measures will also permit lesbian couples to access sperm donation.
On the day following the vote, Alexandra Karle, Director of Amnesty Switzerland, said: “Yesterday’s vote in giving same-sex couples the right to marriage and all the rights that go with it, including rights to adopt children, is an important and long overdue step towards equality.
“This historic vote sends a clear signal that LGBT+ people have the same rights as everyone else.”
The law is set to come into force in July 2022, and will make Switzerland the first country to legalise same-sex marriage on a nationwide level since Costa Rica in May 2020 – unless another country passes such a ruling before then.
As of 2021, most nations in Western Europe have introduced marriage equality – with the Netherlands being the first to do so in 2000.
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