Why should gay marriage be legal

Marriage for All - "People are too little aware of the consequences"

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According to the latest family and generation study, Link opens in a new window by the FSO, a majority of the Swiss population is in favor of gays and lesbians having equal rights. This gives "marriage for all" a boost.

However, the EPP is struggling with equality. Its president and national councilor, Marianne Streiff, takes a position.

Marianne Streiff

National Councilor EPP

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Marianne Streiff is President of the EPP and has represented the Canton of Bern in the National Council since 2010.

SRF News: Were you surprised by the survey results?

Marianne Streiff: No, I am not surprised by this clear approval. But I think that people are too little aware of the consequences when it comes to equal rights.

Majority of the population for equality

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According to the 2018 family and generation study published this week by the Federal Statistical Office, Link opens in a new window, believes a majority of the Swiss population (65 percent of women and 53 percent of men) that homosexual couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples. Almost six in ten women (58 percent) and four in ten men (43 percent) are now of the opinion that a child can grow up happily with a same-sex couple. In 2013, only 47 percent of women and 32 of men shared this view.

What are the consequences?

If it's just about the same rights for two people living together - such as inheritance law, old-age provision or hospital visits - then I can understand that most of them are in favor. I also think that these rights should not be restricted.

Then comes the demand for surrogacy. And that's going too far.

But if we say yes to “marriage for all”, then it creates the possibility of really having the same rights as all married couples. That means also the right of adoption and the right to reproductive medicine. So if two gay men want the same rights as lesbian women, including the opportunity to have children of their own, then there is also the demand for surrogacy. It just goes way too far.

You mention surrogacy - but it is also forbidden for heterosexual couples in Switzerland.

Yes, but the discussion was already underway. And gay men have already told me that if women have the right to somehow have children with reproductive medicine, then so do the men. There are just incremental legal consequences that I am against. That is why the term “marriage” - and everything that is demanded - goes a step too far for me.

So, you actually fear a salami tactic on this subject. First the legal equality and then it goes into reproductive medicine.

When it comes to a marriage like that of other married couples, homosexuals are already demanding that. So, towards reproductive medicine. And that's why I say that one cannot take that under the same term "marriage for all".

Interview conducted by Ivan Santoro

Reformed Church on "Marriage for All"

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This afternoon the Reformed Church is addressing the subject of "Marriage for All". At the end of August, the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches decided to advocate opening up marriage to same-sex couples at the civil law level. He recommends that the member churches of the Federation of Churches adopt a possibly expanded concept of marriage under civil law as a prerequisite for church weddings. While Church Federation President Gottfried Locher is behind the decision, there is great resistance from several pastors. The "marriage for all" is expected to be discussed in the National Council and Council of States next spring.

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  • Comment from Peter Zurbuchen (drpesche)
    @D. Röthenmund: The examples I have given simply show that "equal rights for all" cannot be seen as absolutely. Opinions differ on each of these examples. It is determined again and again who belongs to "everyone" and who does not.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Reto Frischknecht (refrisch)
    Marianne Streiff offers a glimpse into the past. If the National Councilor and President of the EPP justify the exclusion of people through "Christian values", all that remains is to shake the head or, as Michael Schmidt-Salomon recommends, to "civilized contempt". Fortunately, Marianne Streiff does not have a majority in the Reformed Church. She obviously represents the conservative attitude of the evangelical free churches.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Franziska Werlen (F. Werlen)
    Federal Constitution, Title 2, Chapter 1, Art. 8.1:
    All are equal before the law.
    Agree agree to the comment

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