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Parliamentary consideration of equal marriage initiative set for March 13

Twitter updates from Finnish MPs on Thursday indicate that the Finnish Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has unanimously decided to send the citizens’ initiative to legalize gay marriage on for parliamentary consideration.

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Among others, committee members Jaana Pelkonen and Mikael Jungner tweeted that a public hearing will be arranged on the citizens’ initiative on Thursday, March 13.

The initiative was referred to the committee last Thursday after a debate was arranged on the committee referral in Parliament. The Finnish Parliament last considered the gender-neutral marriage bill a year ago, but it was never presented for parliamentary consideration, as the Legal Affairs Committee rejected the initiative with an 8-to-9 vote.

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