A Swiss legislative panel has voted overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.
The legal affairs committee last week recommended that the National Council adopt a parliamentary initiative called Marriage for All.
The vote was 12 in favor, two opposed, with one abstention.
The initiative, which was submitted by the Green Liberal Party, calls on the legislature to open up marriage to gay couples, and registered partnerships to straight couples.
Registered partnerships for gay couples have been recognized since January 2007.