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Finland Rejects Marriage Equality Bill

A parliamentary committee in Finland has rejected a proposed marriage equality bill there, Pink News reports:

FinlandThe bill, proposed by the National Coalition Party (NCP) minister Alexander Stubb proposed the bill, which would have made marriage gender-neutral, therefore allowing same-sex couples to marry.

It was rejected 9 votes to 8, and so it will not go before the full legislature for consideration.

The bill would have made regulations relating to marriage equal for all, irrespective of the gender of the partners. In Finland, gay and lesbian couples can currently register their partnerships, but do not automatically take each others’ surnames, or adopt children, reports YLE.

Finland is the only Scandinavian country without marriage equality.

A citizen initiative to legalize same-sex marriage has now begun gathering signatures.

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  1. @helsinkite, according to the polls you are in the minority. Marriage equality will be reality sooner or later, so enjoy it while you can, I guess.

    Posted by: calcifer | Mar 2, 2013 12:52:33 PM

  2. As a half-Swedish man I can tell you that the country in general is looked down on by Swedes, Norwegians and Danes. They're thought of as a bit backwards, a bit eastern european. They'll come round.

    Posted by: danswon | Mar 2, 2013 4:31:54 PM

  3. They did, however, pass an alcohol equality bill. No one is sure exactly how it works, except there will be a lot more drinking!

    Posted by: anon | Mar 2, 2013 4:50:35 PM

  4. The Swedish are seen by Finns as sort of silly people with silly names and an ugly country. The Finns have the world's greatest education system and the world's smartest people. Swedish startup companies? None. Finnish? Hundreds. And now thankfully no gay marriages any time soon.

    Posted by: Helsinkite | Mar 2, 2013 5:11:25 PM

  5. The main problem is that the in the coalition government, also the christian party is in it. In fact they hold the position of the justice minister. Among other things, that b*tch (Päivi Räsänen), has suggested a law that would allow healthcare personnel to refuse doing a procedure if it against their beliefs or moral codes. She is also anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-feminism.. She also once said that refugee politics were a failure and that Finland should take more persecuted CHRISTIANS.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 3, 2013 3:05:51 AM

  6. aww. f*ck it, she is the minister of interior.
    Justice minister is that dimwitted swedish party's whose main conserne is alcohol usage & porno filtering.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 3, 2013 3:12:24 AM

  7. Nope. Will NOT be visiting any country that votes against gay marriage. Finland is off my list. Equality matters.

    Posted by: Marcus | Mar 3, 2013 7:11:53 AM

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