Finland says no to same-sex marriage
While the majority of Scandinavian countries are pro gay marriage – Finland continues to swim against the tide, with nation’s parliament voting against legislating for same-sex marriage for the second time.
Finland parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has rejected a bid to legislate for marriage equality – voting 10 – 6 against the bill.
However the good news is the lack of unanimity in the vote means the bill will now come before the whole parliament for debate. The full sitting parliament will now consider the bill in September.
Green League MP Oras Tynkkynen told YLE: “The bill may well go through in the autumn or based on the next government negotiations.
“The Western world is gradually coming to accept a gender-neutral legislative stance on marriage, and it feels unlikely that Finland would be the last to come around.”
Marriage equality was achieved in Norway and Sweden in 2009, Iceland followed suit in 2010 and in 2012 Denmark granted same-sex marriage rights.