Finland: Same-sex marriage backers seek a quarter-million signatures
A petition drive to bring a gender-neutral marriage proposal before Parliament begins on Tuesday.
Known as “Tahdon2013” (“I Do 2013”), the minimum aim of the campaign is to collect the signatures of at least 50,000 adult Finns. This would oblige the legislature to consider the proposal, which was narrowly rejected in a Parliamentary committee a few weeks ago.
The campaigners hope to gather 250,000 names.
The petition will be launched with events in towns and cities around the country on Tuesday. It can be signed in paper form or online on the civic proposal website kansalaisaloite.fi.
Last in the Nordics
The only other such citizens' initiative to collect the required 50,000 signatures so far is one aimed at banning fur farming.
In late February, the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee decided by a margin of one vote not to bring the bill to the floor of the legislature for a vote. The bill was supported by several government ministers.
Under the proposal, all regulations related to marriage would be extended to cover same-sex couples as well.
Finland is the only Nordic country not to recognise same-sex marriage, although it does allow registered partnerships.