The majority of Swiss voters supported same-sex marriage in a referendum, according to early projections.
While same-sex couples in Switzerland can currently enter into registered partnerships, they do not enjoy the same rights as married couples.
But under a law amended for a referendum, same-sex couples would be allowed to marry civilly and would be granted equal rights, including adopting children together and applying for simplified naturalization. Female couples would also have access to regulated sperm donation.
Sixty-four percent of the participants in the national vote support the plans, according to projections by the institute gfs.bern, carried out for the public broadcaster SRG.
Olga Baranova, head of the Swiss Marriage for All campaign, welcomed the results.
“We are extremely relieved, we are extremely happy,” she told POLITICO in a telephone interview on Sunday afternoon. “This is truly a historic day,” she added, the result reflecting “how accepted LGBT people are in Switzerland”.
Nonetheless, Baranova said there were more fights ahead in the Swiss equality fight. “The campaign was pretty homophobic,” she said. “The fight against homophobia will therefore continue.
Full results are expected later Sunday.