Same-sex couples will be able to marry in Switzerland from July 1, 2022, the government stated after announcing the results of the referendum on this issue, Yevropeiska Pravda reports with a reference to Reuters.
The publication notes that voters approved the "marriage for all" initiative by almost two-thirds of the vote. Switzerland has now become one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.
As part of a two-stage process, the status of same-sex couples married abroad will be recognized from early January. Before this, couples had the opportunity to register a partnership.
The new law will come into force in six months. This means that couples will be allowed to marry or change their registered partnership from July 1, 2022.
The government added that the marriage application could be filed before that date. After this date, a registered partnership will no longer be allowed. Campaigners expect several hundred people to benefit from the change in the law in the first year of its entry into force.
Since the Civil Partnership Act came into force in 2007, such couples have had many of the same rights as their heterosexual couples. However, they will now be able to adopt children together - not just children raised by one of them, while lesbian couples will be able to access sperm donation and medical insemination.