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Finland parliament begins debate on bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 20, 2014

HELSINKI, Finland — The Finnish parliament began debate Thursday on a proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage.

FinlandShould the legislation become law, Finland would become the final Nordic country to pass a law on gender-neutral marriage. A previous attempt in the Parliament’s last session had failed.

This latest attempt comes after 166,000 Finns had signed a citizens’ initiative that forced the issue onto the Parliamentary agenda, reported the Finnish media outlet YLE.

The law requires that any proposal that secures 50,000 signatures must be considered by Members of Parliament. Only 42,000 Finns had signed a counter petition that opposed any legislative changes,

Recent polling on the issue shows Finns’ support for same-sex marriage is 58 percent, while 34 percent of those polled were opposed to the idea.

Same-sex marriage is already legal in the Nordic countries of Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

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  1. Do it!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:14pm
  2. Good for Finland. Now if the United States and the rest of the world would grow up and see that everyone deserves the same rights as those with their heads stuck where the sub doesn’t shine.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:14pm
  3. Why the hell do you care who 'LEGALIZES' gay marriage? If you're in love, got a good partner......do you really care what anyone else thinks?

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:14pm
  4. Billy Ray Valentine, I care because I have a heart. I care because everyone should have the same rights as their neighbor. I care because people have, and will continue to die from hate. I care, just because.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:26pm
  5. Canada already has legalized same sex marriages - so a significant part of the rest of the world is already on board

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:33pm
  6. Proud of my home country for legalising love. Go Scotland!

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:29pm
  7. good, ,welcome to the 21st century, I hope my state follows soon.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:15pm
  8. Good luck finland:)

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:16pm
  9. It was about time :-)

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:19pm
  10. Finland are no. 1 in SO many fields (i.e. education)… it’s hard to believe they are ‘catching up’ with GLBTi issues such as same-sex marriage. STILL – I LOVE Finland!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:19pm
  11. Good luck Finland, hope England follows you.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:19pm
  12. The Church of Finland approves Abortion, but not gay marriage?
    There are some serious closeted gay men in the national church.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:19pm
  13. yeah, and I am surprise of that...

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:24pm
  14. Luckily Canada did that years ago and adoption !

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:20pm
  15. FINALLY!!!!! but it is not going to pass… most of the MP’s are bunch of gutless cowards…

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:24pm
  16. As Finnish, I wish it goes though.. Fingers crossed everybody!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:24pm
  17. What’s the debate? Almost every Nordic country ( Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark except for the Faroe Islands also Germany looks like it may have it by 2015. :P so if you ask me, they won’t wait much longer :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:25pm
  18. (y)

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:31pm
  19. Finland will do the right thing!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:34pm
  20. May common sense, logic and love guide you. Your struggle, is my struggle. Be who you are at all times, so long as you harm none.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:37pm
  21. Look at that. Another way the Fins beat the Russians.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:39pm
  22. Alan Perry: marriage equality becomes law in England and Wales on March 14th. England’s actually a bit ahead of Finland on this.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:43pm
  23. I want to marry a guy from Finland! -)))))))

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:50pm
  24. Long overdue, I’d say, considering their level of education and living standards. I reckon lots of Russians will be moving west.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:50pm
  25. Ain’t no body’s dam business who ya fall in love an marry

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 4:59pm
  26. Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:02pm
  27. Great

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:11pm
  28. Why even have a debate?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:38pm
  29. You can do it Finland!!! :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:39pm
  30. A little behind there guys!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:46pm
  31. When is the vote?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:47pm
  32. I’m surprised that Finland is so far behind on this matter.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:07pm
  33. yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:46pm
  34. I would have thought they already had it…everyone around them does

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:57pm
  35. GO FINLAND!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:12pm
  36. YAY!!! Go Finland!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:27pm
  37. We in the other 4 Scandinavian countries who have gay marriage welcome you. Please join us.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:32pm
  38. Jani-Joel Karppi thought of you when I saw this!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:56pm