Finland joins the marriage club

finlandFinland has just voted to legalise same-sex marriage, making it the 12th European country to do so.

It passed by 105 votes to 92, some twelve years on from the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in Finnish law.

“Finland should strive to become a society where discrimination does not exist, human rights are respected and two adults can marry regardless of their sexual orientation,” prime minister, Alexander Stubb, said before the vote.

Same-sex weddings have been conducted in Wales and England since March and the first will be held in Scotland on December 31st. Northern Ireland has yet to legislate for the change despite the Stormont Assembly considering it three times so far.