Thousands of people have marched in Switzerland to support same-sex marriage as the country’s national referendum on the issue approaches.
At least twenty-thousand people gathered for the annual Zurich Pride parade at the weekend.
With Switzerland’s national same-sex marriage vote just three weeks away, this year’s parade was a large-scale marriage equality rally with the slogan “You can do it. Marriage for all now.”
Other marchers waved signs reading “Ja, ich will!” (Yes, I do).
That’s the official slogan of Switzerland’s “Marriage for All” movement.
Opponents force national vote on same-sex marriage in Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the few remaining countries in Europe where same-sex marriage is not legal. The country has had civil unions since 2004.
Last December, Switzerland’s parliament backed same-sex marriage 136 votes to 48 in the lower house, and 24 to 11 in the country’s upper house.
That amendment to the Swiss Civil Code replaces the words “bride” and “groom” with either “two people” or “the engaged.”
However opponents of the reform challenged the legislation and gathered enough opposing signatures to force the issue to go to a national vote. Such large-scale national referendums are commonplace in the European country.
Swiss people will go to the polls to vote on same-sex marriage on September 26.
If a majority votes in favour legalise marriage equality in Switzerland, this would also grant adoption rights to same-sex couples.
A November 2020 survey by LGBT+ organisation Pink Cross found 82 per cent of the Swisspublic backed same-sex marriage. Additionally, 72 per cent supported same-sex adoption in the poll.
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