Swiss seem to accept same-sex marriage by referendum

Posters are depicted before a vote on same-sex marriage in Geneva, Switzerland, September 23, 2021. The poster reads: “Love without privilege, yes to marriage for all”. REUTERS / Denis Balibouse

ZURICH, September 26 (Reuters) – Swiss voters on Sunday appeared to support a proposal to open civil marriage and the right to adopt same-sex children, according to early indications published by Swiss television station SRG.

Projections showed that 64% of voters had voted for same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum held under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy. A final result is expected later in the day.

“We are very happy and relieved,” said Antonia Hauswirth of the national committee “Marriage for All”, adding supporters who would celebrate in the Swiss capital Bern on Sunday.

Amnesty International said in a statement that opening a civil marriage to same-sex couples was a “milestone for equality”.

However, Monika Rueegger of the Swiss Right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and member of the “No to Marriage for All” referendum committee said she was disappointed.

“This was not about love and feelings, it was about the welfare of children. Children and fathers are the losers here,” she told Reuters.

The amended law will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children without a relationship with them. Married lesbian couples are also allowed to have children through sperm donation, currently only legal for married heterosexual couples.

It will also make it easier for foreign spouses of a Swiss person to obtain citizenship. Read more

In a separate referendum, 66% of Swiss voters seemed to reject a proposal to introduce a capital gains tax.

Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Editing Angus MacSwan, Kirsten Donovan

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