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Out in the World: Wedding bells will ring in Switzerland next summer

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Swiss same-sex couples can walk down the aisle starting July 1, the Federal Council announced November 17. Swiss voters resoundingly approved the "Marriage for All" referendum with a 64.1% vote September 26, the Bay Area Reporter previously reported.

The referendum was backed by Switzerland's parliament and the governing Federal Council. The vote made Switzerland the third country in the world to pass same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Ireland was the first in 2015, followed by Australia in 2017. Switzerland is not a member country of the European Union. It was one of the few Western European countries not to have legalized same-sex marriage.

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