Switzerland’s Parliament has started to consider legalising marriage equality in the country. Switzerland is one of the few countries in Western Europe where marriage equality has not been legalised, although it was one of the first countries to decriminalise homosexuality in the 1940s.
Switzerland is generally considered progressive when it comes to LGBT+ issues but the country has yet to legalise marriage equality and is still lacking some basic protections for the LGBT+ community.
The issue came into debate last week in the country’s lower house of Parliament, the National Council, where the largest political party opposed marriage equality, although they do not constitute a majority. Experts assume that legislation to legalise same-sex marriages will pass the chamber.
According to ‘LGBTQ Nation’, independent polling shows that over 80% of citizens support marriage equality. The Swiss Reformed Church has also endorsed it. Currently, gay and lesbian couples can register a civil union relationship with the government.
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