Finnish President Sauli Niinistö on Friday signed into law a bill that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Niinistö signed the measure roughly four months after lawmakers in the Scandinavian country narrowly approved the measure. They considered the bill after supporters of marriage rights for same-sex couples collected more than 166,000 signatures to bring it before the Finnish Parliament.
Neighboring Sweden is among the European countries in which gays and lesbians can legally marry.
Estonia last October became the first former Soviet republic to legally recognize same-sex partnerships.
Irish voters on May 22 will consider whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. A Pope Francis-backed referendum on proposed amendments to the Slovak constitution that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and banned gays and lesbians from adopting children failed earlier this month because of insufficient voter turnout.
Finland’s same-sex marriage law is scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2017.
Dear Partners, Friends and Allies, Warm greetings and a happy 2015.As you may have been aware that FARUG has been undergoing a restructuring process and part of this process was to streamline staff and their different departments. The Board of Directors with pleasure takes this opportunity to announce new staff of Freedom and Roam Uganda in the following departments;
1- Executive Director
2- Programs Officer
3-Finance and Administration Officer
Please join us to welcome and wish the new staff great achievements, and to also appreciate and wish well the outgoing staff in their endeavors. It has been a great experience working with the outgoing team, and we believe our cooperation with the new team will be tremendous and full of fruits. Thank you all for your unwavering support to FARUG, may you be Blessed and a Happy 2015 once again. In Solidarity On behalf of the Board of Directors
Diane .S. Bakuraira
Chairperson Board of Directors –FARUG