Thousands gathered Friday to celebrate as Finland became the 12th country in Europe to legalize marriage equality. Finland was the last Nordic country to pass gay marriage though gay & lesbian couples have been able to obtain domestic partnerships since 2002.
The bill was passed in parliament Friday by a vote of 105 to 92. Victory cheers erupted in central Helsinki by thousands of LGBT activists & allies had gathered outside Parliament ahead of the vote. It's an important move for Finland in taking a stand against its increasingly anti-gay neighbor Russia & join forces with the rest of Scandinavia. Before the vote Prime Minister Alexander Stubb stated, “Finland should strive to become a society where discrimination does not exist, human rights are respected & two adults can marry regardless of their sexual orientation,” Let this be a wake-up call to the US Supreme Court to stop dragging their feet & finally end this discrimination in America. As of November 29th gay & lesbian couples can legally marry in 70% of America or 35 out of 50 states. The remaining five states are in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' & headed to the Supreme Court. Hopefully the Justices will announce as soon as January that they'll hear one or several of these crucial cases. In the meantime thousands of gay & lesbian couples have married this year & will be receiving federal rights & protections for their families, including myself. CONGRATS FINLAND!!
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