Gender neutral marriage is not part of the government’s manifesto, but individual party members have taken the initiative. Proponents hope the motion will gain 100 signatures from MPs, bringing the bill before parliament.
Government ministers have been forerunners in providing signatures: Alexander Stubb from the conservative National Coalition Party, Jutta Urpilainen from the SDP, Paavo Arhinmäki from the Left Alliance, Ville Niinistö from the Greens and Stefan Wallin from the Swedish People's Party.
Equality in marriage would affect only civil ceremonies. Various church groups could decide individually on the issue of same-sex marriage.