On November 28, Finland became the 12th European nation to legalize same-sex marriage after the Finish Parliament narrowly approved the citizen’s initiative in a 105 to 92 vote.
Those against the measure said children need both a mother and father.
“This is a question of the future of our children and the whole society, and such changes should not be made without thorough evaluation of their impact,” Mika Niikko of the nationalist Finns party said before the vote.
Since 2002, gay couples in the country have been allowed to have registered partnerships, but now the initiative will demolish the difference between same-sex unions and heterosexual marriages. It will also give same-sex couples the right to adopt children and share the same last name.
“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,” Center-right Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said in an open letter prior to the vote.