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Press review Swiss anti-gay discrimination vote sends ‘strong signal’

The Swiss press have largely welcomed voters’ broad support to closing a loophole in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) rights.

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Sexual orientation discrimination

Vote February 9, 2020 Homophobia: a crime or a matter of opinion?

Swiss voters will decide whether discrimination against homosexuals is acceptable. Will the law combat homophobia or is it an attack on free speech?

Opinion Anti-homophobia reform ‘fills a legislative gap’

The reform of the anti-racism law is key to protecting against incitement to hatred against homosexuals according to gay and lesbian pressure groups.

Opinion ‘We gays don’t need special rights’

Opponents of extending anti-racism legislation to include homophobia argue criminal law is not an instrument of socio-political governance.

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Affordable housing

Vote February 9, 2020 Do the Swiss need at least 10% social housing?

Voters are divided over a proposal to promote housing owned by non-profit groups, and whether it helps curb speculation. 

Opinion ‘Yes to an initiative promoting moderately-priced housing’

The free market in Switzerland has built housing units that remain empty because they are too expensive, says Marina Carobbio Guscetti.

Opinion ‘No to an initiative that is dictatorial, costly and not focused on real needs’

The initiative on more social housing is not in keeping with real economic or environmental needs, says Fabio Regazzi.

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About 5.4 million citizens, including registered members of the expatriate Swiss community, were eligible to take part in the February 9 ballots.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in many cantons and municipalities across the country.

It was the first of up to four sets of nationwide votes this year.

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.

Direct democracy What’s a people’s or citizens’ initiative?

Swiss citizens can either propose legislation of their own, or work to defeat legislation already approved by parliament.

Direct democracy What’s a referendum?

Switzerland gives its citizens the chance to play a direct part in political decision-making. Although direct democracy is not unique to ...