Switzerland’s parliament voted on Friday to allow same-sex couples to marry, as well as transgender people, according to AFP.
under the legislation approved by parliament, the gay people will be able to change their gender on identity documents by making a declaration at civil registry offices.
The law noted that at present name changes and medical treatments related to transitioning gender do not require parental consent for the under-16s, drawing criticism from trans rights advocates.
Alecs Recher the legal services head at Transgender Network Switzerland, an advocacy group reported that we’re super happy there will be this legal gender recognition based on self-determination, in a very quick and simple procedure.
Moreover, ”Marriage For All” group, noted that is not only a milestone in the fight for the rights of the Swiss LGBT population, but also an important victory for their dignity, their acceptance and their inclusion in society.
On other hand, Switzerland lagged behind other parts of western Europe on LGBT+ rights, with political institutions tending to be more conservative than the public. Due to that Switzerland will be the 8th European country to allow trans people to legally change gender, what is known as “self-ID”, according to advocacy group Transgender Europe.