Majority of Swiss voters favor allowing same-sex marriage in the country, according to a survey aead of a vote on this issue set for September 26.
A survey by Tamedia fund that 64% of the population said they plan to vote in favor of accepting the government’s amendment to Switzerland’s civil code to allow marriage equality, versus 35% who oppose. Only 1% remained undecided.
Two men or two women are not allowed to marry in Switzerland, though they can enter into a legal partnership.
Those in legal partnerships have many of the same rights as married (heterosexual) couples. For instance, they may adopt the children of their partner. However, they are not legally allowed to adopt a child from a third party; while female couples cannot access donated sperm.
In 2020, the government moved to amend the country’s civil code to amend these inequalities by, simply, allowing same-sex marriage. But a committee spearheaded by the more conservative Swiss People’s Party (UDC/SVP) and the Federal Democratic Union (UDF/EDU) launched a vote against the government’s proposed amendment. This necessitated the September 26 vote.