All eyes are on Russia: the fight for LGBT rights is going on in Eastern Europe, but we shouldn’t forget what’s going on in one of the more tolerant countries in the middle of Europe: Switzerland.
Recent discussions in the Swiss Federal Council suggested a change of laws that would heavily affect LGBT rights of Swiss citizens.
The law proposal was made to protect “families” and heterosexual couples from high taxes. The CVP (Christian Democratic People’s Party), who initiated the change, approached all Swiss citizens to show their support.
Swiss Media have been fairly quiet about the whole issue, but LGBT communities and organisations are raging.
Switzerland has always been seen as an advanced, tolerant country – decriminalising homosexuality in 1942, although only legalising homosexual partnerships in 2005. In case the Swiss population chooses to support the suggested law, Switzerland would put itself in the same position as Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Considering previous situations of the country, this would mean a huge step back.
A press release mutually published by the Green Party, Swiss Party, GLP, SVP and FDP suggested that the discriminating law should not be included in the Swiss constitution.
We will keep you updated on the issue. Meanwhile – make some noise!
You can read the German article here: Schweiz Plant Verbot der Homo-Ehe