Love is love and Switzerland agrees! In September, the people of Switzerland overwhelmingly voted to legalize same-sex marriage. With over 64 percent of the people voting in favor, Switzerland became the thirtieth country in the world to legally say that LGBTQ couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples. Some of these rights include marriage and adoption.
Although the LGBTQ community continues to fight for equal rights around the world, this was a significant win. Why? Switzerland is a historically conservative and traditional country. Women, for example, weren’t allowed to vote until 1971, and it wasn’t until 1985 that a woman was given equal status to a man in the same household. In other words, up until 1985, a husband could forbid his wife to work outside the home. The fight for equal rights is an uphill battle, but these little yet significant moments in history are worth celebrating.
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