Finland Tastes the Rainbow

CJ-Moki here. Another post about European politics (colored rainbow this time):

While some of you were wondering what happened in Sweden on the evening of February 18, there is much better news from the other side of the Finnish-Swedish border:

Today, Finland inaugurated same-sex marriage.

While the Eduskunta voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2014, the fate of the legislation was set in stone in February, after a petition to repeal the legalization was shot down. Legally, there is no longer a difference in Finland between a same-sex "civil union", and a heterosexual marriage. Married gay and lesbian couples in Finland can now take each others' surname, and are now eligible to adopt children. While this is undeniably a step forward for same-sex rights across the world, of note is that Finland was the last Scandinavian country (including Iceland, and with the exception of the Faroe Islands) to legalize same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, about 6948 kilometers to the southwest of the Eduskuntatalo, in the Number One Observatory Circle, the (extremely homophobic) Vice President of the United States is wondering what he can do to undermine LGBTQ rights.

CJ-Moki, signing off.


  1. Why was Finland so late to the party?

  2. Likely a result of the influence of the Finns Party, the second-largest politcal party in the Eduskunta. The Finns Party's "Program for the 2011 Election" (linked below) makes the party's homophobia clear.

    1. However, Finland is not in last place. The Faroe Islands still need to catch up.


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