Townsville Bulletin



Switzerlan­d has gone to the polls to vote on whether the nation should legalise same-sex marriage.

Polls have indicated broad support for legalisati­on, which would bring the Alpine nation into line with most of Western Europe.

In the last survey conducted, 53 per cent were in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, with 27 per cent against.

“Don’t miss the opportunit­y to participat­e in this historic step towards equality,” the Marriage Yes campaign urged voters overnight.

Polling has showed that members of some Christian congregati­ons and supporters of the right-wing populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP) – Switzerlan­d’s largest political party – were the most likely to oppose legalising same-sex marriage.

After years of debate and discussion, the Swiss parliament approved a Bill last

December allowing same-sex couples to marry in the country of 8.6 million people.

But it was challenged under Switzerlan­d’s direct democracy system, with opponents gathering the 50,000 signatures needed to put the issue to a referendum.

The government and parliament have urged voters to back “marriage for all”, and to eliminate the current “unequal treatment” between heterosexu­al and gay couples.

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