The Swiss population supports the legalization of gay marriage in the referendum this Sunday, according to the first projections of the national press.
Specifically, according to data from the consulting firm GFS Bern, which were collected by the public broadcaster SRF, two out of three people voted “Yes” for gay marriage. Polls already indicated a large majority in favor of legalization.
According to the latest survey by the Swiss Society for Radio and Television (SSR-SRG) in September, almost 63 percent of those entitled to vote were in favor of gay marriage.
Among other things, Switzerland agrees to an amendment to the civil code that legalizes marriage between two women or two men. Currently, same-sex couples can only form one registered couple, a route that around 700 couples use each year.
Registered partners have in many ways the same rights and obligations as married spouses. For example, you can choose a common name, insure yourself in the event of no maintenance and draw part of the inheritance or old-age pension from your spouse. Since 2018, same-sex couples have also been able to adopt their partner’s child.
If the application is accepted, married same-sex couples can also adopt a child together. If either couple is a foreigner, they can benefit from a shorter and cheaper naturalization process.
On the other hand, initial projections show that the “99 percent initiative” aimed at taxing people with large assets will not be successful.
The text brought into being by the Young Socialists is an attempt to eliminate inequalities in the distribution of wealth and income and proposes a 150 percent tax on capital income that exceeds a certain amount and a threshold of 100,000 Swiss francs (around 92,300 euros) .
The initiative started with little chance of acceptance, as the latest SRG survey by SRG showed: at the beginning of September, 57 percent of those surveyed were against the proposal, only 37 percent were in favor.