With two third of the votes supporting same sex marriage in a referendum, Switzerland on Sunday legalised same sex marriage making it one of the last countries in western Europe to do so.
The historic decision also gave same-sex couples the right to adopt children and for lesbian couples, the right to use sperm donations to have children.
“First same-sex marriages would take place in July next year. Whoever loves each other and wants to get married will be able to do so, regardless of whether it is two men, two women, or a man and a woman,” said Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter.
“It is a historic day for Switzerland, a historic day when it comes to equality for same-sex couples, and it is also an important day for the whole LGBT community,” said a member of ‘Yes’ campaign committee.
Switzerland has become the 30th country to legalise same-sex marriage. The first country to do that is Netherlands in 2001.
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The naysayers included church groups and conservative political parties citing the reason that it will damage traditional family values and culture.
“Children and fathers were the losers. This was not about love and feelings. It was about children’s welfare.