Video: Equal marriage parody of Finland’s 2013 Eurovision entry goes viral

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An equal marriage themed parody of Finland’s 2013 Eurovision entry song, has gone viral online, and has been viewed more times than the original.

The parody video was created by Dekel Ben Avi and Bastien Venturi, and was shot in 10 countries with over 150 participants. It has been viewed almost 150,000 times, compared to 130,000 views the original has received.

It is based on the song ‘Marry Me’, by Krista Siegfrids, which will be performed at the 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest later this month.

In the original video, Siegfrids goes in pursuit of the man she wants to marry, with the help of some friends, and eventually, after appearing to kidnap him, he agrees to marry her at the end.

The parody version has a similar narrative, but features a gay couple.

It stars groups of Eurovision fans from Switzerland, Israel, USA, Finland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Iceland, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

A message in the about section on Youtube reads: “It was made with love and support to (and from) Krista Siegfrids, who we wish the best of luck in the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Malmo!”

Finland is currently the only remaining Nordic country which does not legally recognise same-sex unions.

Both Norway and Sweden approved gender- neutral marriage in 2009. Iceland followed in 2010, and in 2012, Denmark also joined them in legalising equal marriage.

Registered partnerships were created for gay couples in 2002. In 2009, the Finnish parliament voted to allow gay couples in registered partnerships to adopt the biological children of their partners.

On 1 March this year, the Finnish parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage.

Then, two weeks later, after taking just one day to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition in order to force lawmakers to consider an equal marriage bill, pro-equal marriage pensioners delivered it to parliament.

The original video by Siegfrids is available to view below.

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