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After voters overwhelmingly support the changes in the national referendum on Sunday, Switzerland will amend the constitution to provide for the marriage and adoption rights of gay couples.
By mid-afternoon, 80% of the votes had been counted, and about 64% of the votes supported equal rights for same-sex couples.
Despite a long-running and sometimes divisive movement—sometimes poisoned by the slander of opponents of the proposal—it turned out that most people support reforms in all 26 cantons of Switzerland, including the most traditional social conservatives such as Schweizer. The cantons of Canton, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Ticino.
“Today is a historic day, a milestone for equality, and [for me] Because of my love for my partner, I have been with him for more than 24 years,” said Maria von Känel, co-chair of the referendum “yes” committee.
“We can’t see the difference between the city and the country. The French-speaking and German-speaking areas of Switzerland also have a consensus. This is a clear decision. [in favour of] “Marriage for all,” said Lukas Golder, chairman of the polling agency gfs.bern.
Although Switzerland has been lagging behind its European counterparts in providing equal rights for same-sex couples for many years, supporters of the Sunday vote pointed out that nowhere else in Europe has such a high percentage of voters publicly voted for same-sex marriage and adoption.
The yes vote was supported by the Swiss Federal Government.
The Swiss Parliament formally voted in December 2020 to give equal marriage rights to gay couples. But opponents used the country’s constitutional system to force this matter to be decided in a referendum.
The government was initially unwilling to include adoption rights in the referendum proposal, worrying that doing so might jeopardize its chances of success. But gay rights activists insist on different opinions, claiming that the “light of marriage” choice is not an option.
The focus of the opposition movement is on children’s rights. A special concern that is often raised is that the proposal means that fathers who donate sperm to lesbian couples will not have the right to see or know their children, and the children will not have the right to know their father until they reach their age. 18.
The right-wing populist Swiss People’s Party MP and opposition spokesperson Monika Rüegger told SDA news agency that the vote marked a “dark day for child welfare”.
However, many people in Switzerland are sometimes shocked by the campaign image used by “No Camp”: a controversial set of posters depicts a distressed baby with a label on his ear that reads “Order…. . Delivery arrives…”
Another close-up is the zombie in the late stage of decomposition, with the slogan “Children and the Dead” printed on it.
The puzzling logic behind these claims-laughed at by many-is the surge in demand for sperm due to the adoption rights of homosexuals, which means that sperm donated by men who subsequently die must be used.
After suffering a coordinated cyber attack, the website of the yes activity even went offline for a short time in August. It is not clear who was responsible for the attack.
In 1938, Switzerland officially legalized homosexuality, but it was not until the 1970s that discriminatory laws against “temptation” were used to prosecute homosexuals.
In 2005, 58% of voters supported the civil partnership of gay couples, giving them the same inheritance and tax benefits as married heterosexual couples.
However, adoption rights and access to reproductive medical services are excluded.