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Swiss approve same-sex marriage by wide margin in referendum

Official outcomes confirmed the measure handed with 64.1per cent of voters in favor and received a majority in all of Switzerland’s 26 cantons, or states.

Switzerland’s parliament and the governing Federal Council supported the “Marriage for All” measure. Switzerland has authorised same-sex civil partnerships since 2007.

Supporters mentioned passage would put same-sex companions on equal authorized footing with heterosexual {couples} by permitting them to undertake youngsters collectively and facilitating citizenship for same-sex spouses. It will additionally allow lesbian {couples} to utilise regulated sperm donation.

Opponents imagine that changing civil partnerships with full marriage rights would undermine households primarily based on a union between one man and one lady.

At a polling station in Geneva on Sunday, voter Anna Leimgruber mentioned she solid her poll for the “no” camp as a result of she believed “youngsters would wish to have a dad and a mother.”

However Nicolas Dzierlatka, who voted “sure,” mentioned what youngsters want is love.

“I believe what’s essential for kids is that they’re liked and revered – and I believe there are kids who should not revered or liked in so-called ‘hetero’ {couples},” he mentioned.

The marketing campaign has been rife with allegations of unfair techniques, with the opposing sides decrying the ripping down of posters, LGBT hotlines getting flooded with complaints, hostile emails, shouted insults towards campaigners and efforts to silence opposing views.

Switzerland, which has a inhabitants of 8.5 million, is historically conservative and solely prolonged the appropriate to vote to all its ladies in 1990.

Most international locations in Western Europe already recognise same-sex marriage, whereas most of these in Central and Jap Europe don’t enable wedlock involving two males or two ladies.

Supporters say it may nonetheless be months earlier than same-sex {couples} can get married, primarily due to administrative and legislative procedures.

Additionally on Sunday, voters dismissed a proposal spearheaded by left-wing teams to boost taxes on returns from investments and capital reminiscent of dividends or earnings from rental properties in Switzerland as a approach to make sure higher redistribution and fairer taxation.

Outcomes confirmed 64.9per cent voting towards it in a rustic recognized for its vibrant monetary sector and comparatively low taxes, and as a haven for most of the world’s richest individuals. No canton voted in favour.

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