Finland’s Parliament votes to allow same-sex marriage

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The Finnish Parliament has just voted in support of changing the country’s marriage laws to be more gender-neutral, to allow same-sex couples to marry.

MPs in Finland just voted 105-92 for gender neutral marriage.

Technically the majority voted against keep the law as it stands, which defines marriage as specifically between one man and one woman.

There will soon be committee meetings to start the process of introducing legislation to change the law.

There is a small chance that the new Parliament may scrap the legislation, but is is unlikely – and Finnish voters have already showed strong support for changing the law to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

In practice, it is expected that the first same-sex weddings will take place in March 2017.