Finland Confirms Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Law

The Finnish Parliament voted down on February 17 a citizens' petition to repeal a law that would allow same-sex marriage from next month. The final tally was 120 parliamentarians voting against the petition and 48 in favor of it. The law in question was passed by the previous government in 2014 and ends differentiation between same-sex unions and heterosexual marriages. It also guarantee the same rights to adopt children and share a surname. Finland is the last Nordic country to allow same-sex marriage, although gay couples have been allowed to live in a registered partnership since 2002.