Boy, have I got news for you! I'm proud to tell that Finland has, as the last of the Nordics, finally approved same-sex marriage! History has truly just been made and another step towards equality taken. The vote was a close one (105 to 92) and represents the first citizens' initiative to receive the Parliament's approval since 2012 when the system was implemented. This is without doubt a triumph for equality in Finland and allows the otherwise highly egalitarian country to catch up with its fellow Nordics, all of which have already recognised same-sex marriage.
Earlier this morning, a giant rainbow flag was projected at the parliament building as a statement by three radio presenters to mark the significant vote:
The same-sex marriage, promoted by the Tahdon2013 ("I do 2013") campaign, had previously achieved a huge movement throughout the country (a citizens' initiative requires at least 50,000 signatures in order to make it through to the Parliament; this one gathered more than triple the amount of that) so big celebrations can be expected. And in order to commemorate this historical event, the Song of the Week is the LGBT-themed anthem "Girls" by Swedish indie-pop singer Beatrice Eli. Enjoy!
Phew, this truly is an important day for an equal Finland. This might even call for a drink or two. Have a good and an egalitarian weekend, y'all!