There has been legal recognition for same-sex relationships since In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Green, Social Democrats and Green Liberal voters were the most supportive: Additionally, sinceauthorities have followed a practice of registration of sex changes without any requirement of surgery. Notable exceptions are the law for equal treatment of men and women German: A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is currently being drafted by the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council, and it is expected to be finalised by February It became clear that, while there was no majority for full joint adoption, allowing adoption of one's partner's child could gather majority support in Parliament.
In Januarythe Council of States Committee on Legal Affairs voted 7 to 3 with one abstention to approve the proposal to allow stepchild adoption by same-sex couples.
Gays & Lesbians
The largest homosexual rights advocacy groups in Switzerland are Lesbenorganisation Schweiz for lesbian rights founded in and Pink Cross for LGBT rights founded in The age of consent has been equal at 16 for heterosexual and homosexual sex since In Novembersignature gathering ended and the initiative was submitted. Jura Mountains Swiss Alps Swiss plateau. In Novemberthe Committee voted unanimously in favour, including members of the conservative Swiss People's Party. The Council of States Senate approved on 4 Marchin a 24—19 vote, the counterproposition voted on 10 December by the lower house, thus rejecting de facto the Christian Democrats' initiative.
In Februarythe Committee of Legal Affairs of the National Council approved, in a 15—9 vote, an amendment to the bill adding "gender identity" as a prohibited ground of discrimination. Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalised nationwide in though in the cantons of GenevaTicinoVaud and Valaissame-sex sexual activities were decriminalized in in accordance with the Napoleonic Code. In Novembersignature gathering ended and the initiative was submitted. Those two issues will be discussed in a separate law. Retrieved 24 May It grants unmarried coupleswhether same-sex or opposite-sex, many rights, responsibilities and protections that married couples have.