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Swiss to allow same-sex weddings from July 2022

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Swiss to allow same-sex weddings from July 2022
Swiss to allow same-sex weddings from July 2022   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">ZURICH</span> – Same-sex couples can wed in Switzerland from July 1 next year, the government said on Wednesday, enacting the results of a ground-breaking referendum on the issue in September.</p> <p>Voters approved the “Marriage for All” initiative by a nearly two-thirds majority, making Switzerland one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalise gay marriage. </p> <p>In a two-stage process, same-sex couples who have married abroad will have their status recognised from the start of January. Previously, the couples were seen as a registered partnership in Switzerland.</p> <p>The new law will enter force six months later, which means couples will be allowed to marry or convert their registered partnership from July 1, 2022.</p> <p>Preparations for the marriage can be submitted before this date, the government added. No more registered partnerships will be allowed after this date.</p> <p>Campaigners expect several hundred people to take advantage of the law change in the first year it comes into effect.</p> <p>“We are really happy with the outcome of the vote, and that it is now being put into law,” Maria von Kaenel, co-president of the Marriage for All campaign, said on Wednesday. </p> <p>“We have been fighting for marriage equality for 30 years and the referendum result was a historic moment.”</p> <p/> </div>