Marriage equality has been proposed in Finland by a group of local MPs. The suggested legislation would change the civil definition of marriage in the country while protecting religious groups that wish to remain homophobic.
Reports the Star Observer:
The Finnish Parliament have now sent the initiative to the Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, where its passage is uncertain.
The draft amendment was signed by 76 of the 200 members of Parliament, with more lawmakers including Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen expected to vote for it, Reuters reports.
European Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Stubb, the first signatory of the initiative, spoke passionately for the amendment during debate.
“This initiative is aimed at dismantling a system that causes inequality, in which couple relationships are divided into A and B categories” he said.
Finland was one of the first countries to recognize the legal status of same-sex relationships by instituting a domestic partnership registry in 2002.