Switzerland marriage equality law to take effect July 1

Federal Palace of Switzerland. (Public domain photo)

The Swiss government announced Nov. 17 same-sex couples will be able to legally marry in the country starting on July 1, 2022.

The announcement comes less than two months after Swiss voters voted overwhelmingly in favor of the “Marriage for All” law. Switzerland will join neighboring France, Germany, Austria and other European counties that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples.

“It’s a great achievement,” Maria von Känel, co-president of the “Marriage for All” campaign, told the Washington Blade after the Sept. 26 referendum. “Our partnerships and families are now recognized equally and legally.”

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