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Widespread support within Parliamentary parties for gender-neutral marriage

Only Christian League and True Finns oppose move

Widespread support within Parliamentary parties for gender-neutral marriage Panu Laturi
Widespread support within Parliamentary parties for gender-neutral marriage Ossi Sandvik
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No matter which parties are in the government that is formed after next year’s Parliamentary elections, the party platform is likely to include a mention of gender-neutral marriage, including the right of same-sex couples to adopt children.
      A survey by Helsingin Sanomat reveals that there is hardly any opposition to the idea in the larger parties.
In the Centre Party, all candidates for the party’s leadership, with the exception of Paavo Väyrynen were in favour of allowing adoption for same-sex couples.
Of the large parties, the conservative National Coalition and the Social Democrats take a positive view of the matter.
      Party Secretary Taru Tujunen says that preparations are being made in the National Coalition Party to respond to an initiative put forward to the party’s congress calling for gender neutral marriage.
      Tujunen did not want to anticipate possible reactions, but Helsingin Sanomat has learned that the idea has widespread support in the party.
      In the SDP, the party executive is proposing to the party congress which convenes in May that it should approve the right of couples in same-sex civil unions to adopt.
Green League MP Oras Tynkkynen made an initiative last year for a gender-neutral marriage law.
      “The present law on marriage is discriminatory. Couples of the same gender still do not have the right to marry the person that they love”, says Green League party secretary Panu Laturi.
      In the Left Alliance, the matter has been under discussion for a long time. The party says that the legislation passed in 2002 establishing the possibility for same-sex registered civil unions was needed, but that it was inadequate, with respect to the right to adoption.
      The Swedish People’s Party took a positive stance on gender-neutral marriage already two years ago.
There are some opponents as well. True Finns party secretary Ossi Sandvik says that the matter is not on the party’s agenda.
      “In our view, marriage is exclusively between men and women”, Sandvik says.
      The Chirstian Democratic Party takes a very similar view on the matter.

Previously in HS International Edition:
  Dozens of female couples seek internal adoption (14.2.2009)
  Finnish MPs disagree on registered couples´ adoption rights (27.11.2008)
  Planned bill would allow in-family adoption rights for same-sex couples (29.11.2007)
  Poll: Majority would upgrade parental rights of same-sex partners (10.4.2007)

See also:
  Complaints of gay discrimination in Lutheran Church (12.4.2010)

Helsingin Sanomat

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