Majority of Swiss support gay marriage ahead of vote

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08/24/2021

According to a survey by Tamedia, 64% of the population said they plan to vote in favour of accepting the government’s amendment to Switzerland’s civil code allowing same-sex marriage, reported Le Matin. 35% said they planned to vote against the amendment, with only 1% undecided. Support for gay marriage was highest in French-speaking Switzerland (66%), followed by the German- (64%) and Italian-speaking (58%) regions. It was also higher in the cities (69%) than in the countryside (61%). In addition, young people were more favourable to the change than older ones. Currently, two men or two women cannot marry in Switzerland. Instead they can only enter into a legal partnership. To remove the anomaly the government agreed in 2020 to amend the civil code to allow same-sex marriage. However, a committee spearheaded by the Swiss People’s Party (UDC/SVP) and the Federal Democratic Union (UDF/EDU) launched a vote against the government’s proposed amendment.

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