Swiss same-sex couples have won the right to marry after voters overwhelmingly backed its legalization in a referendum. The vote was brought about by conservative politicians opposed to LGBTQ+ marriages.
Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community take part in the Zurich Pride
Since 2007, same-sex couples have only been able to enter into a civil partnership
Switzerland has voted by a wide margin in favor of allowing same-sex couples to get married and adopt children, in a referendum held on Sunday.
The Alpine nation has now become the latest Western European country to recognize LGBTQ+ marriages.
Official results show 64.1% voted "yes" to legalizing same-sex marriages, while 36% voted "no," according to initial results from the gfs.bern polling agency.
However, supporters have said it could take months before such marriages could take place, mainly because of the country's administrative and legislative procedures.
Ahead of the vote, the government and lawmakers had urged voters to back "marriage for all" and eliminate the current "unequal treatment" of LGBTQ+ couples.
Swiss lawmakers had voted in December to legalize same-sex marriage.
But conservative politicians opposed to the law managed to secure the required 50,000 signatures to put the issue to a referendum.