On Saturday evening a citizens’ initiative to cancel Finland’s marriage equality law passed the 50,000 threshold for consideration by parliament, but the bill still faces opposition among the committee members who will now decide its fate.
The law will be considered by the government’s constitutional law committee, which had rejected the law in the last parliamentary term—but now has new membership following April’s elections.
The committee’s 17 members were asked their view on the matter as part of Yle’s election machine ahead of April’s vote, and all but two answered. Twelve said that they would vote ‘no’ to any move to rescind the marriage law, while three said they would approve any move to cancel the legislation.
Supporters of equal marriage came from the Green Party, the Swedish People’s Party, the Left Alliance, the Social Democrats, three of four Centre Party MPs, 1 of 3 Finns Party members, and 2 of 3 National Coalition legislators.
Christian Democrat Antero Laukkanen and Laura Huhtisaari and Tom Packalén of the Finns Party said they would seek to overturn the law. Committee chair Kari Tolvanen and Centre MP Antti Rantakangas did not answer the question.