Legal News

Finland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Finland same-sex marriage

Summary: Finland became the 12th European country to fully legalize same-sex marriage.

Finland took a big step by becoming the 12th European country to legalize same-sex marriage. The country has allowed same-sex unions and partnerships with restrictions since 2002. The new legislation came into effect Wednesday allow same-sex couple to take each other’s surnames and adopt children.

  
What
Where


A petition of over 100,000 people to repeal the new law was rejected by lawmakers by 120 to 48. The petitioners included those of the Finn Party and Christian Democrats, arguing that registered partnerships were enough.

The country’s Parliament narrowly passed a citizens’ initiative for same-sex marriage in 2014 by 105-92. At least three bills before the successful one had failed. Opponents to same-sex marriage argued the right children have to a mother and a father. Mika Niikko of the Finns Party said, “This is a question of the future of our children and the whole society, and such changes should not be made without thorough evaluation of their impact.”

Alexander Stubb, a former member of the European Parliament, countered, “Finland should strive to become a society where discrimination does not exist, human rights are respected and two adults can marry regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




The Finnish Lutheran church is still divided on same-sex marriage because there are old rules that do not allow same-sex couples to be married in their church. There are a few priests, known as “The Rainbow Priests” that defy clergy opposition to officiate same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, and the United States.



Around 41 couples are already scheduled to marry this week in Finland.

What countries are you surprised are not part of the list where same-sex marriage is legal? Tell us in the comments below.

To learn more about same-sex marriage laws, read these articles:

Photo: ibtimes.co.uk



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation Trial Attorney with 3-5 years of pleading experience

USA-WA-Seattle

Seattle office of our client seeks litigation trial attorney with 3-5 years of experience. The candi...

Apply Now

Corporate Attorney with mergers and acquisitions experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking a corporate attorney with 1-6 years of M&A, corporate finance, securit...

Apply Now

Estate Planning Attorney with 6+ years of experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking an experienced estate planning attorney with 6+ years of experience. C...

Apply Now

Condominium Associate Attorney

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of our client seeks condominium associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience. The ...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Contract Attorney

USA-CA-Beverly Hills

We are looking for a civil business litigator with 3+ years of experience who is capable of attendin...

Apply now

Attorney

USA-MO-Jefferson City

Successful, expanding law firm of 21 years seeks an attorney with 3+ years experience. The atto...

Apply now

Paralegal

USA-NY-New York City

Kaplan & Company, LLP is currently accepting applications for a Case Manager / Paralegal. Kaplan ...

Apply now

Associate Counsel

USA-DC-Washington

Associate Counsel   The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top