Switzerland is one of the last remaining westernized countries to still prohibit same-sex marriage. But that could all change in late September, when Swiss voters will choose whether to allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
Same-sex couples in Switzerland received the right to enter civil partnerships in 2007, and they got the right to adopt children parented by their partner in 2018. However, while a single person in Switzerland is currently allowed to adopt a child, a same-sex couple can not.
Under the newly proposed law, same-sex couples would be allowed to marry, and adopt children unrelated to them.
The new bill would also mean married lesbian couples would be allowed to have children through sperm donation and have both women recognized as the child's official parents from birth, which is currently only legal for married heterosexual couples.
Earlier this month, tens of thousands of supporters flooded the streets of Zurich and Geneva during the cities’ Pride Parades, which were dotted with flags that said “Yes I Do” in support of the upcoming “Marriage For All” vote.
There has also been plenty of pushback from religious opponents of the reform, who have been using images of crying babies, and photos with the word “slaves” on dark-skinned pregnant bellies to promote their message, according to EuroNews.
Polls show it seems likely the bill will pass following the September 26th vote, even in traditionally conservative and Christian Switzerland.
In the latest poll by gfs.bern for broadcaster SRG, Swiss voters set to approve same-sex marriage fell from 69 percent to 63 percent, while the share of opponents rose from 29 percent to 35 percent.