Jani Toivola (Greens) admitted to being disappointed with the result but reminded that the Parliament will vote on the initiative on 28 November. The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament has re-affirmed its opposition to a citizens' initiative for equal marriage rights.

The committee on Thursday voted 9—8 in favour of a memorandum it drafted after turning down the initiative by a 10—6 vote last summer. The initiative was brought before the committee for the second time due to an objection drawn up by members of the committee who support the initiative.

The matter will nevertheless be presented to the Parliament for a vote on 28 November.

If Members of the Parliament vote in favour of the objection, the matter will be presented to the Grand Committee of the Parliament and then again to the Parliament for further consideration.

Despite admitting to being disappointed with the result, Jani Toivola (Greens), the first signatory of the objection, encouraged supporters of the citizens' initiative to turn their attention to next Friday's vote. “What's crucial is what these 200 people think about the question,” he reminded.

“I feel that this is part of a greater cultural shift, when we're talking about the rights and social position of various sexual and gender minorities,” Toivola continued.

Martta Nieminen – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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