Finland: Citizen’s Initiative Forces Parliament to Consider Marriage Equality Bill

Written by scott on February 21st, 2014

Finland FlagThe Parliament is now debating a marriage equality bill in Finland after citizens gathered enough signatures to force consideration.

Gay Star News reports:

Despite same-sex marriage legislation being defeated before, gay rights activists are hoping politicians will do the right thing on their second chance. But unlike last time, politicians are discussing the bill on the will of the people.

Under Finnish law, petitions can be started to force parliament to discuss bills that matter – called a ‘citizen’s initiative’. These petitions require 50,000 names within six months. The marriage equality bill achieved nearly 100,000 signatories in 24 hours. With the final tally at 166,000 names, the proposed petition will be discussed in parliament at its initial stage today where it will be sent to Finland’s legal committee.

According to the article, 58% support marriage equality in the country, with only 34% opposed. Will Finland become the next country to approve marriage equality?

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