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The marriage for all is a majority

There is an additional session, Kathrin Bertschy did to himself for once. A with the colleagues in the law Commission, as a guest. A session that felt like a conclusion, really good felt. "It was just super."

On 5. December 2013 was submitted to the national councillor for the green liberal your proposal with the number of 13.468. Your proposal – a new paragraph in article 14 of the Federal Constitution: "The regulated communities are open to couples regardless of their gender, or their sexual orientation."

And now, more than five years later, on 14. February 2019, Valentine's day, this is a meeting of the legal Commission. Victory. With 19 to 4 votes, with one abstention, the Commission says Yes to marriage for all and sends a bill in the consultation process, which goes even further than the proposal of Bertschy. New should also be examined whether lesbian couples have access to sperm donation, as it is the case in many countries, the already know, a marriage for all.

Suddenly fast

It was a good day for Kathrin Bertschy. And not just for you. Ruth Genner, a former national councillor of the Greens, former councillor in Zurich, had to wait longer than Bertschy on a positive result. Genner filed twenty years ago, a parliamentary Initiative for marriage for all – and thus failed in December 1999, the national Council is terrific. the CVP , SVP and FDP said it concluded no. Today she says: "We have come in the past twenty years, much faster than I thought."

How quickly the social and political change – from the substantial dissipation of the marriage for all in the national Council in 1999 to just clear of the law Commission in the year 2019 – has also proceeded, with an evaluation of different Smartvote surveys clearly show. Since 2003, Smartvote lets the candidates before Federal elections detailed questionnaire to answer, since 2007, the data location is superb. Each of the 85 per cent of the Candidates, and about 90 percent of the elected Federal parliamentarians from Smartvote measured – the archive is an accurate reflection of the attitudes of the political Switzerland.

Since the first hour of Smartvote has asked for the legal position of homosexual couples. Concrete: Should be allowed to adopt, same-sex couples have children? The answers to the last three surveys show a stunning image. Not on the left edge – where the consent to the adoption question is consistently high. Even in the case of the members of the sub-division of the answers according to age, gender, or base/Parliament: In the case of younger people, women and people outside the Parliament, the consent to the equality of same-sex couples is consistently higher than for Older men and elected Parliament. No, amazing is the conversion of each of the parties, above all the conversion of a lesser extent, the free.

in 2007 the liberals about the conservative level of the CVP. Both the Candidate as well as the elected members of the FDP reject the right to Adoption for same-sex couples. The former group, with 72 percent of the Selected even with 89 percent. Since then, this proportion has fallen steadily – to the party in 2015, tipped finally into the other camp. The last time the Smartvote survey, 53 percent of the Selected FDPler say Yes to the Adoption, in the case of the Applicant, there were even 70 percent. A complete reversal – within only eight years.

change is nowhere so clearly as in the case of the FDP

party President Petra Gössi of the FDP, which is also said in 2015, "rather no" for the right of Homosexuals to Adoption is one of those elected Parliamentarians. Since then, she has changed her mind. As a Liberal, she was of the Belief that all should be able to create your life and live as he or she considers it proper, Gössi align. "The policy needs to be in this highly personal area, especially concerned with the realities that depict the life of the people reflected in the law."

Odilo Lamprecht, President of the "FDP Radigal", the technical group of the FDP and the Young liberals for the concerns of LBGTI Community (Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, transgender, Intersexual), is somewhat astonished at the change of his party. "We have developed. The FDP is a liberal party, the marriage for all is a liberal concern." As the society have changed, have done in the FDP.

other bourgeois parties, this change can be seen, although not quite as significantly as in the case of the FDP. In the case of the SVP's share rose Yes-in case of the Candidates from 6 percent in 2007 to 19 percent in 2015. In the case of the CVP, it went from 21 percent to 36 percent. "This is for the CVP, however, gratifying!", Markus Hungerbühler says. The Vice-President of the Zurich CVP is the head of the working group LGBTI of the CVP. "Everything takes time, especially in the Catholicism of historic CVP," says Hungerbühler. "But you realize that social change comes now, in politics, everywhere."

change affectedness

This change in everyday life was critical to the rapid change of mood, says Ruth Genner. A change will be affected. When she had to defend in 2002, the right to a registered partnership in a referendum vote, have you received support from an unexpected quarter. "At that time the Catholic women's Federation agreed with the registered partnership. That was groundbreaking." As mothers of affected sons and daughters you wanted, that your children can happy life, says Genner. "So it begins – in the family, with neighbors and Relatives. If you notice the following: affected and actually really nice – why should they have less rights than we do?"

the media presence of the topic in the past few years, the weaker role of the Church and the changed legal situation in Europe have Helped. "If even conservative countries such as Spain and Ireland to introduce marriage for all, there are really no arguments against it for Switzerland to do the same," says Ruth Genner.

And this does not stop. Yesterday was a happy day, says the former national councillor, but the end is not yet. The de facto equality between Homo - and Heterosexual was not even achieved with the new law. "The acceptance and the respect has grown considerably. But the Rest of the reservations are still there."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.02.2019, 07:28 PM

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