Finland has become the last Nordic country to provide for same-sex marriage after President Sauli Niinistö signed a bill into law last Friday
The Finnish parliament passed the legislation last November.
The signing is the first piece of legislation brought to Finland’s Parliament as a citizens' initiative.
"This was a very large and unique campaign, it was the first citizen's movement. The public spoke. It is very important to a lot of people personally and also symbolically, and people are very happy."
The law will allow for same-sex marriages by March 2017.
Last December, almost 7,800 Finnish citizens resigned from the Lutheran church after Archbishop Kari Mäkinen (right) supported the vote in favor of gay marriage.
Watch a Finnish comedy sketch (with English subtitles) which suggests anti-marriage equality arguments are stupid all over the world, AFTER THE JUMP…