The first citizens initiative to succeed in Parliament received the final vote today. Several provisions in the same-sex marriage bill were approved on a vote of 106-42 with around 50 abstentions.
Today’s debate was the continuation of the 2014 round that saw Parliament approve the gay marriage initiative, in principle, in November of 2014 before being signed by the President in February 2015. The next step was to vote again in order to modify current laws to allow people to convert their registered partnership to a marriage and to axe the requirement of trans people in relationships to divorce/be single in order to have their new gender recognized.
Once this follow-up law is signed by the President, weddings shall begin on March 1 2017 as will full adoption rights for same-sex couples.
For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Finland, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Finland