Zurich celebrates Pride – tens of thousands of Swiss are calling for marriage for everyone

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.

The referendum on opening marriage in Switzerland will take place on September 26th. At the end of June, the “Marriage for All” committee started the voting campaign – in 22 parishes at the same time and the campaign song “Yes, I want”Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

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.

Since June 26, 2021, the requirement to wear a mask outdoors in Zurich has been lifted. However: where a distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained, a mask should actually still be wornPhoto: Michael Buholzer / dpa

Should a majority vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, this would also allow homosexual couples to adopt children.

In summer temperatures, the Swiss took to the streets to demonstrate for LGBTQ equality

In summer temperatures, the Swiss took to the streets to demonstrate for LGBTQ equalityPhoto: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

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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Zurich celebrates Pride tens thousands Swiss calling marriage

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