Gay marriage approved in Switzerland’s fourth referendum

Written by By Emily Close Referendum 72, an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage, won wide margins of support in Switzerland. This is the fourth time Swiss voters have approved same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum, …

Written by By Emily Close

Referendum 72, an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage, won wide margins of support in Switzerland.

This is the fourth time Swiss voters have approved same-sex marriage in a nationwide referendum, but it comes ahead of the country’s national election in October.

Lawmakers approved a law in 2014 to make marriage legally available to same-sex couples, but the same law’s implementation was delayed for a further parliamentary debate.

CNN’s Amaury Nolasco in Paris has been reporting from Europe on the state of same-sex marriage and adoption law in the region.

A spokesperson for the No campaign says the result of the referendum “does not necessarily mean that we win,” said Thomas Kemmerer of “Swiss Equality” group, according to AP.

“I think the ‘yes’ vote was less divisive. People still voted ‘yes’ but it’s still more a measure of the Swiss culture,” he said.

More votes are being counted and it’s still unclear which party will have the most seats in parliament, reported AFP

Photojournalist Johan Fransson was outside the Swiss referendum headquarters in the southern city of Vaud.

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