Switzerland has voted for a law to protect LGBTI people from discrimination.
The parliament voted with 103 in favor, 73 against and nine abstentions to ensure nobody is targeted with hate speech and discrimination on the basis of their sexual or gender identity.
It was an amendment to a law that already protected people of different races or faiths.
‘It’s nice to live in a country that recognizes diversity and supports the same equal protection for everyone.’ according to Bastian Baumann, Secretary-General of Pink Cross.
‘Only a law can guarantee a real understanding and an open dialogue to prevent violence and discrimination against LGBT people.’
Secretary General of The Swiss Lesbian Organization, Barbara Lanthemann, added: ‘The law is not only important for LGBT organizations; it also improves the daily life of lesbians and gays.
‘The lesbians and gays feel strengthened if they are supported by their state, and when the parliament recognizes them the same rights as all citizens.’
While Switzerland has recognized same-sex couples since 2007, same-sex marriage is not yet legal.
However, in February, the law committee of the lower house of parliament voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
It’s a start, as any move to legalize marriage for gay couples would require a change to the Swiss constitution and the passing of a national referendum.
In a recent poll for Pink Cross, 54% of Swiss people said they supported same-sex marriage.