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Thu, 20 Feb, 2014 12:03:48 AM
FTimes-STT Report, February 20
Citizen initiatives to collect signature in favour of proposed same sex marriage Act. Photo Lehtikuva.
Parliament will discuss again on Thursday the same-sex marriage bill that it rejected once before placed as a citizen initiative.
The citizen initiative, calling for wider marriage rights including right to same sex marriage, has collected more than 164,000 signatures.
The last time the bill was discussed in parliament was a year ago when 76 MPs signed the bill; but it faltered when the Legal Affair Committee voted 9-8 to reject the petition.
The Rainbow Families, an association for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children, expressed hopes that the House would deal with the issue more tactfully this time.
In March 2013, the citizens’ campaign collected 100,000 signatures from people who supported same-sex marriage.
At least 50,000 signatures are needed to introduce a debate in parliament on any issue.
Same sex marriages are recognised in all the Nordic countries except Finland.
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