Diversity Week
In July, marriage is coming for everyone in Switzerland – that’s how it is in other countries

Two men in suits and two women in wedding dresses kiss each other.  They are proponents of marriage for all.

Bern, September 2021: An action by supporters of marriage for all on voting day

© Peter Schneider / Picture Alliance

In Switzerland, same-sex couples can get married or convert their registered partnership into a marriage from July 1st. In some other European countries this has long been possible. But in some places in Europe, marriage will remain taboo for everyone in 2022.

It was a long road, at the end of which there was a clear majority. On September 26, 2021, 64.1 percent of the voters in Switzerland voted for the Before pronounced for everyone. The new law will come into force on July 1, 2022. Then same-sex couples can also get married in Switzerland or convert their registered partnership into a marriage. Marriage for all brings with it more rights and equality. For example, married same-sex couples can now adopt a child together. That was not yet possible with the registered partnership that has existed in Switzerland since 2007.

In the neighboring countries France, Germany and Austria marriage already exists for everyone. In Italy, on the other hand, same-sex couples still have to forego certain rights. There have been registered civil partnerships there since 2016. However, an opening towards marriage is not to be expected in the coming period.

In these European countries, marriage is for everyone

A look at the map of Europe shows an east-west divide. So far, none of the post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe have introduced universal marriage, and some countries are very far from it. In Hungary and Slovakia, same-sex marriages are even forbidden by the constitution. The rights of queer people in Hungary have been curtailed more and more over the years. In 2012, an amendment to the constitution came into force, in which “marriage is defined as a life partnership that has come about as a result of a voluntary decision between a man and a woman, and the family as the basis for the continued existence of the nation”.

17 European countries have a completely different view. This overview shows when which countries introduced marriage for all:

country

Year

1.

Netherlands

2001

2.

Belgium

2003

3.

Spain

2005

4.

Norway

2009

5.

Sweden

2009

6.

Iceland

2010

7.

Portugal

2010

8th.

Denmark

2012

9.

France

2013

10

Luxembourg

2014

11.

England, Wales, Scotland
Northern Ireland

2014
2020

12.

Ireland

2015

13.

Finland

2017

14

Germany

2017

15

Malta

2017

16

Austria

2019

17

Switzerland

2022

These countries outside of Europe know marriage for everyone

Outside Europe, 13 countries allow marriage for everyone.

This list shows which non-European countries introduced marriage for all and when:

country

Year

1.

Canada

2005

2.

South Africa

2006

3.

Argentina

2010

4.

Brazil

2013

5.

New Zealand

2013

6.

Uruguay

2013

7.

United States

2015

8th.

Colombia

2016

9.

Taiwan

2017

10

Australia

2018

11.

Costa Rica

2018

12.

Ecuador

2019

13.

Chile

2021

Marriage for all has existed in Germany since October 1, 2017. Since then, married, same-sex couples in Germany have also been able to adopt someone else. Of the star spoke to Patrick and Til, who adopted a daughter together. This makes them an exception in their region in southern Germany. You can read about how they are doing as a family and how those around them react to the couple and their child here.

Sources:The Federal Council, Lesbian and Gay Association, MDR, daily mirror, Germany radio culture