Same-sex marriage in Finland celebrated its 3rd anniversary on March 1st.
Since that happy day in 2017, over 1500 couples have tied the knot in the “Land of the Thousand Lakes.”
Read on to learn more about this wonderful news story!
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Three Years of Same-Sex Marriage in Finland
On March 1st, 2017, Finland fully legalized same-sex marriage. Now, it has among the most progressive laws regarding the LGBT community, according to Wikipedia.
The Finnish people have a long history of embracing gay people. They’ve registered partnerships since 2002, in vitro fertilization for lesbians since 2007 and stepchild adoption since 2009.
In 2017, all these laws came together and now gay couples can marry, adopt children, start families.
Finnish citizens may also legally change their gender, should they choose to do so.
According to YLE News, since the 1st of March 2017, more than 1500 couples got married under Finland’s law, which protects them against discrimination of all forms, including housing and employment.
Finland is one of the happiest places for gay people. It scores 69 points on the GHI(gay happiness index) chart, by public opinion, public behavior, and life satisfaction.
The Helsinki Pride parade gathered a number of 100,000 people in 2018, breaking any past record.
Finnish churches perform gay weddings
The church doesn’t officially allow gay marriages. However, gay couples are permitted to get married, as the rainbow priests embrace it.
Samuli Korkalainen is one of the Lutheran priests married to a man. He made a statement saying:
We wed same-sex couples all the time and it’s completely legal. Same-sex couples just need to reach out to us and we will find someone for them who will perform their wedding ceremony
Queerintheworld.com assures us that Finland is one of the best places for LGBTQ+ vacations, as it embraces all people.
In other words, people won’t judge you for displaying affection to your same-sex partner. Plus, thanks to the many gay cafes, hotels, and attractions, there’s a chance you will have the best time possible!
Thank you, Finland for taking initiative and giving an example to follow!