Finland finalizes equal marriage laws… but couples still face a long wait

Finland has finally finished making tweaks to its same-sex marriage legislation – but couples still have another year to wait before marrying. 

Way back in November 2014, the Finnish Parliament passed a citizens’ initiative on same-sex marriage by a tight vote of 105-92. This week – over a year later – the country’s legislation was finalised, as the Finnish Parliament approved an amendment that will allow same-sex couples in registered partnerships to ‘convert’ to a marriage.

However, couples will still be waiting quite a while before marrying – as weddings are not set to begin until March 2017. This delay means a staggering two-and-a-half years will have passed between the equal marriage initiative passing through Parliament, and the first weddings actually taking place. The delay, which came about due to the Citizen’s Initiative process and complexity in Finnish law, stands in comparison to the relative efficiency elsewhere. Read more via PinkNews