The Federal Assembly of Switzerland has legalized same-sex marriage.
According to the document, the country not only allows same-sex marriages but also provides access to sperm banks for lesbian couples.
In the National Council (lower house of parliament) 136 deputies voted for the law, 48 voted against and 9 abstained. In the Council of Cantons (upper house) 24 deputies supported the project. Ultra-conservative Christian party “Swiss Federal-Democratic Union” has already opposed the law and promised to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage.
Since 2007, Switzerland has allowed “registered partnerships,” a document for people of the same sex. However, it did not allow same-sex couples to obtain citizenship or adopt children.
On September 16, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that violation of the rights of the LGBT community in the European Union was unacceptable. She called on all countries of the alliance to legalize same-sex families.
In addition to Switzerland, same-sex marriages are recognized and permitted in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.