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LATE NEWS: Parliament narrowly passes law allowing same-sex registration

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The Finnish Parliament has passed a controversial bill allowing the registration of same-sex couples. In the vote on Friday afternoon 99 MPs supported the measure and 84 were opposed.
The vote was expected to be very tight: although the bill was put forward by the present five-party government, the parties gave their MPs a free hand to vote according to their conscience.

The debate over the measure
has been intense and at times quite emotional. Religiously-motivated opponents of the measure held a prayer vigil for several days at the base of the steps of the House of Parliament.
On Thursday supporters of the law held a demonstration of their own in front of Parliament.

Previously in HS International Edition:
 Most Finns oppose ecclesiastical blessings of same-sex relationships tone (26.9.2001)
 Debate on proposed law for same-sex couples raises emotions in Parliament (20.9.2001)
 Swedish Government wants to allow church weddings for same-sex couples (27.7.2001)
 Ethical committee would allow fertility treatments only to heterosexuals (1.2.2001)

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