The vote to defeat the draft bill that would have legalized gay marriage by the legal committee of parliament sets not only a dangerous precedent but reveals Finland’s ever-hardened stance not only against gays, but against all minorities.
If there were a Hall of Shame for MPs, its members would consist of those who voted against the gay-marriage bill: Anne Holmlund, Markku Mäntymaa, Kari Tolvanen of the National Coalition Party; James Hirvisaari, Arja Juvonen, Kaj Turunen of the Perussuomalaiset party (PS); Arto Pirttilahti, Ari Torniainen of the Center Party; and Peter Östman of the Christian Democratic Party.
Other likely infamous “candidates” would be PS MP Jussi Halla-aho, Juho Eerola and a long list of others.
A vote in favor of gay rights would have been a vote for greater rights and acceptance of all minorities in Finland.
Why is Finland still the only Nordic country that hasn’t legalized gay
marriage? Is it because the third-largest party of parliament is the
Or has the PS strengthened, reinforced and emboldened the intolerant stand of MPs from other parties?
Wednesday, February 27, was a shameful day in Finland revealing that we have a long way to go to make our country a more tolerant place for everyone.