Friday, November 28, 2014
Finland Gets Same-Sex Marriage Following a Citizens' Initiative to Upgrade Civil Partnerships to Marriage
The Finnish Parliament today approved (by a vote of 105-92) a citizen's initiative to legalize same-sex marriage. The law will end the distinction between same-sex registered partnerships and opposite-sex marriages and will give couples the opportunity to share a surname and to adopt children. Same-sex couples in Finland could enter into registered partnerships since 2002, but it was the only Nordic country without same-sex marriage. Finland is now the 12th European state to do so, and the first one by a citizen initiative. Click here to read more.