Registered partnership in Switzerland
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*Not yet in effect
- adoption of children
- fertility treatments
- facilitated Swiss naturalisation of the foreign partner to a Swiss citizen partner after 6 years of partnership abroad, unlike with a conventional marriage.
The official title of the same-sex union is "Eingetragene Partnerschaft" in German, "Partenariat enregistré" in French, "Associazione registrata" in Italian and "Partenadi Registrà" in Rumantsch Grischun meaning "registered partnership". The bill was passed by the National Council, 111 to 72, on 3 December 2003 and by the Council of States on 3 June 2004, with minor changes. The National Council approved it again on 10 June but the conservative Federal Democratic Union collected signatures to force a referendum. Subsequently the Swiss people voted on 5 June 2005 with 58% in favor of the bill. The law came into effect on 1 January 2007.
The Canton of Geneva has had a partnership law on cantonal level since 2001. It grants unmarried couples, whether same-sex or opposite-sex, many rights, responsibilities and protections that married couples have. However, it does not allow benefits in taxation, social security, or health insurance premiums (unlike the federal law). The origin of the law lies in the French Civil solidarity pact law.
On 22 September 2002, the canton of Zurich passed a same-sex partnership law by referendum that goes further than Geneva's law, but requires couples to live together for six months before registering.
According to the Ifop poll, conducted in May 2013, 63% of Swiss supported allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
- Gay couples win partnership rights
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- Parliament gives its blessing to gay couples
- Fight goes on for gay couples
- Government presses for gay-couple rights
- First same-sex union registered in Switzerland
- Homosexuals a step closer to equal rights
- Switzerland’s first “gay marriages” take place in Geneva
- Registered partnerships in Switzerland
- (French) Loi sur le partenariat
- Zurich grants gay couples more rights
- (French) Partenariat enregistré cantonal
- (French) Le pacs gagne du terrain
- (French) Green Party - Equality Policy
- Swiss Greens pushing for gay marriage and tax equality
- (French) Enquête sur la droitisation des opinions publiques européennes
- (German) Bundesgesetz über die eingetragene Partnerschaft gleichgeschlechtlicher Paare (Partnerschaftsgesetz, PartG)