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Finland: 50,000 sign petition in one day forcing lawmakers to consider equal marriage

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 19 Mar 2013, 4:20pm

    Amazing, pensioners delivering a petition for equal marriage. Yet elsewhere, it seems to be a generational issue. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  2. Petition got necessary names in 15 hours since it was published.

  3. Pavlos Prince of Greece 19 Mar 2013, 5:10pm

    Its nice, but not very significant. Final decision on same-sex marriage belongs of course to the Finish parliament, and here is no majority for this bill at the moment, common political climate still is difficult: 2 of 7 parties in the current parliament of Finland, Fines (former True Fines) and Christian Democrats are unanimous against gay marriage, another two, National Movement (Conservatives) and Center Party (Liberals), are very divided (majority of them have vote against gay marriage in the Judicial Commitee), and only 3, Social Democrats, Greens and Swedish People Party, are very strong in favor of this. Only 76 from 200 members of parliament has declared their support for gay marriage at the moment.

    1. Civil rights are not a matter for other people to vote on. They exist and are inalienable.

      1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 20 Mar 2013, 2:33pm

        Well, in an democracy all laws or decisions must be vote on, for example, in legislature, and even in the court. So was in another 4 Scandinavian countries, and so will and must be in Finland too. Surprise ? However, current political situation in Finland is not very gay friendly, less friendly as public opinion. So I think, at the moment gay marriage have more chances to win here in national referendum, and not in the Parliament.

  4. Hanski, FIN 19 Mar 2013, 5:31pm

    Pensioners delivering?
    No. It should read ´petitioners´.
    Finnish Broadcasting Companu writes:
    http://yle.fi/uutiset/petitioners_take_gay_marriage_bill_to_parliament/6544701

  5. Hanski, FIN 19 Mar 2013, 5:35pm

    …Company, sorry.

  6. Update: 100 000 signatures in 22,5 hours.

    1. and note: This “kansalaisaloite.fi” is not just any website. It is operated by the Ministry of Justice and if you want to support an initiative you have to first register with personal online bank passwords. So spamming is not possible.

      Campaign started at 00:00 and by 14:30 it had gathered the 50 000 names needed to be sended to the parliament. Later at 22:30 there was over 100 000 signatures!

      This is history.

  7. Antti Helin 19 Mar 2013, 8:44pm

    The petition has not been delivered yet. They’re still collecting signatures. Their goal is to get 250,000. It’s a resounding signal of solidarity from the Finnish people, regardless!

  8. Helge Vladimir Tiller 19 Mar 2013, 9:14pm

    Come on -Finland ! We have common borders ( Sweden, too. ) Your people have the reputation of being strong and fearless.In Norway we cross our fingers for your future and equality for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals in “The Country of thousand lakes” -

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