Finland has voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage… for a second time.
Despite voting in favour of marriage equality back in 2014, with 105 to 92 votes in support, the country’s parliament was forced to vote on the issue once again after a citizens’ petition called for a repeal of the incoming law.
The ‘Genuine Families’ petition, which demanded that marriage remains “a genuinely egalitarian union between man and women”, passed the 50,000 signature mark which is required for a parliamentary debate.
Unfortunately for same-sex marriage opponents, the petition failed to achieve its goal, as even more MPs came out in support of equality than in 2014.
120 members of parliament were opposed to a repeal of the marriage equality law, while just 48 supported it. Two members abstained and 29 people were absent.
Green party lawmaker Ozan Yanar tweeted following the vote: “That was it! Parliament says ‘I do!’”
— Ozan Yanar (@yanarozan) February 17, 2017
While same-sex couples in Finland have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2002, the country remained the only place in the Nordic region not to allow same-sex marriage – until now.
The law is expected to come into effect on 1 March, meaning same-sex couples can marry in Finland from next month.