Switzerland has reached a consensus to legalise same-sex marriage and the right to adopt children by same-sex couples.
Through a referendum conducted and two-thirds majority vote, same-sex couples get to be legally married, making Switzerland part of the many European countries that have seen the legalisation.
The referendum was conducted on Sunday, taking place nationwide, and accomplishing about 64.1% votes in support of legalising same-sex marriage.
According to Karin Keller-Sutter, the registration of same-sex marriages should start from the first of July next year.
Jan Muller, activist and member of the ‘Yes” campaign could not contain the elation admitting that this was a very significant moment for Switzerland because equality for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation has been achieved.
Switzerland is presently the 30th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
About 50 thousand signatures were the requirement so the issue could be deliberated during a referendum after the Swiss parliament approved a same-sex marriage bill last year December.
Initially, same-sex couples could register a partnership that provided no similar rights as to that of getting married; since citizenship and adoption of children cannot be accessed through a partnership with the same sex.
A member of the Swiss People’s Party, Monika Rueegger, however, feels let down by the new decision as she inclines that this could impede the welfare of children.
She also feels this new law would give room for foreigners to gain citizenship cards just by marrying Swiss people, even though this perspective holds little credence due to the position of marriages certifying citizenship even in opposite-sex marriages.