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.
“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.”