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Parliament set for heated debate on equal marriage rights initiative

The Parliament will today engage in a preliminary debate on the citizens' initiative for equal marriage rights, which has accumulated nearly 167,000 statements of support. The proposal demands that Finland's Marriage Act be amended to grant same-sex couples the right to marry and to adopt a child. Tempers have flared already before the debate, with Oras Tynkkynen (Greens) highlighting the old peculiarities of the Marriage Act on Wednesday.

20.2.2014 7:31

“What advocates of traditional marriage considered the only right alternative in the early 1900s, contemporary advocates of traditional marriage probably consider wrong – if not outrageous,” Tynkkynen argues in his blog.

“For example, people with mental health problems, epileptics and deaf-mutes have not been allowed to marry.”

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