Until now, couples in same-sex partnerships have not been able to use the Swiss sperm bank. Also, unmarried people were allowed to adopt, but adoption was also banned.
“It’s clearly sexual orientation-based discrimination,” said Maria von Kennell, chairman of the committee leading the “yes” campaign and having a homosexual partnership with her two children. ..
“Everyone should be treated equally,” she said.
The Swiss LGBTQ organization currently estimates that up to 30,000 children are raised by same-sex parents in Switzerland, but due to national legal barriers, many of these couples go abroad to start a family. I had to go.
Opponents used images of crying babies on posters in towns and cities across Switzerland to focus their campaigns against the right of homosexual couples to have children.
Daniel Frischknecht, one of the leaders against the proposed law amendment, said supporters of the “no” campaign opposed the marriage law amendment because they felt that the marriage law amendment would hurt traditional families. Stated. “We are convinced that children need fathers and mothers to grow in the best possible way,” he said.
For opponents, voting is more than just same-sex marriage, and Frischknecht likened its importance to Swiss society to the rupture of a dam. “It will continue,” he said, referring to the legalization of additional options for couples to have children, such as surrogacy and the use of eggs by egg donors. “We save what we have to save,” he said.
Despite the amendment to the Marriage Law, von Könell still has some important points that have not been considered, such as whether parents can take parental leave, including the situation where the couple experiences assisted reproductive technology and childbirth. Said there is. Treatment abroad.