This is a big step forward for the gay community in Switzerland: Parliament has approved a bill that allows same-sex marriage. Be that as it may, the country’s Christian conservative party is against it and is proposing to hold a referendum so that the people have the final say in history.
The Swiss Parliament finally approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. This finally brings the small Alpine nation into line with much of Europe on gay rights. The decision took a long time, as the original draft was tabled in 2013. However, this does not yet mean that same-sex marriage is officially legal in the country. Indeed, the Federal Democratic Union (UDF), a party that defends Christian values, wants the law to be submitted to a referendum. In this way, it will be up to the people to vote if marriage for all can really be legalized.
Regardless, activists do not appear to fear a referendum and expect popular support, reported Reuters. In addition, the various organizations defending LGBT + rights have already expressed their joy at this decision by parliament. In addition to the marriage law, the Swiss parliament has also decided that transgender people will be able to change their sex on identity documents by making a declaration to the civil status offices. On this point, Switzerland will be ahead of the majority of European countries since it will be the eighth country to authorize such a procedure without involving a doctor or a court.
Even if there is a referendum, activists say the law is expected to come into force in 2021 as a recent poll showed 80% of the population supported same-sex marriage.