64.1% of all voters and a majority in all of Switzerland’s 26 cantons (states) voted to legalize gay marriage. The measure also allows lesbian couples to access sperm banks and all gay couples to adopt children.
Swiss Justice Minister Karin Keller-Sutter told media the law would likely take effect in July 2022. The country has allowed same-sex civil unions since 2007.
Italy remains the only country in western Europe that does not allow same-sex marriage, though it does allow civil unions.