New rules for Swiss same-sex couples – level 3
Switzerland legalized same-sex marriage; it was one of the last countries in Western Europe to change the laws.
Last September, voters approved the change with nearly two-thirds of the vote, and the law finally took effect. According to some officials, the law told society that anyone was free to love and be loved.
For same-sex couples, July 1 was the day visibility and for same-sex marriage to be a normality. In Switzerland in 2007, same-sex couples won the right to have civil partnerships; however, they didn’t have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
The new law gives same-sex couples the rights for joint adoption and for lesbian couples to access sperm donations. Same-sex couples didn’t have these rights in the past, and single people still don’t have them.
Difficult words: normality (normal or usual), joint adoption (the right for two people to adopt a child who wasn’t the legal child of either of them), sperm donation (a procedure when a man donates his sperm to help a woman or couple have a baby).
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