(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 26, 2016) On February 16, 2016, the Finnish parliament enacted the legal changes necessary to allow marriage for same-sex couples. In second reading, 106 deputies voted for the new law and 42 against it.
As a reminder, the act of December 12, 2014 on introduction of same-sex marriage was ratified by president Sauli Niinistö on February 20, 2015 and will enter into force on March 1st, 2017 – together with the said legal and regulatory amendments.
Here is a presentation on this subject by the Finnish parliament:
Part of the legal changes that the Eduskunta (the Finnish parliament) has enacted is the automatic transformation of registered same-sex partnerships (legal since 2002) into marriage via simple request with the competent authority.
After marriage for gays and lesbians has come into effect, no same-sex partnerships will be registered any longer.
The legal changes also stipulate that transsexuals will no longer be required to be single in order to change their “administrative” gender.
Finally, the new regulations enacted last week modify several provisions on religious freedom and artificial insemination.
In connection with the new same-sex marriage, the parliament still has some other amendments to enact, for instance concerning social and health services or social security.