Nearly two-thirds of Swiss voters have supported same-sex marriage in a referendum held over the weekend.
About 64 percent of voters supported the proposal, making Switzerland one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalize same-sex marriage.
Members of the campaign for these marriages have hailed the vote, considering it a historic moment for the rights of the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community in this state.
Church groups and conservative political parties have opposed the idea, saying it hurts the traditional family.
Switzerland has allowed same-sex couples to register for the partnership since 2007, but some rights have been limited.
The new decision enables these couples to adopt children.
Switzerland has now become the 30th country in the world to allow such marriages.
Over the past 20 years, most countries in Western Europe have adopted same-sex marriage.
In Switzerland, however, many major decisions are passed through referendums, and this process slows down changes in the legislature.
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