Tens of thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in Switzerland for the legalization of same-sex marriages.
The LGBTQ parade passed through Zurich under the motto “Marriage for everyone now”. The Swiss can decide in a referendum on September 26th whether same-sex couples should also be allowed to get married.
So far, same-sex couples in Switzerland have only been able to register their partnership, but are not treated on an equal footing with legally married couples.
Should a majority vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, this would also allow homosexual couples to adopt children.
Other advantages for queer people: Lesbian couples would have easier access to sperm donation if they wanted to start a family. It would also be easier for foreign partners to obtain Swiss citizenship.
The opponents of “marriage for all” declared that marriage should only be reserved for one man and one woman, and that children had “a right to a father and a mother”.
However: In other European countries, such as Germany, Austria, France and the Netherlands, same-sex couples have long been able to get married. Switzerland lags behind in terms of equality.
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