Switzerland has now voted to impose some of the strictest penalties in the world for trans and homophobia protections, putting them in line with racism. If found guilty you could possibly face up to three years in prison.
In a 118 to 60 vote, the Swiss National Council voted to change their penal code, making it illegal to discriminate based solely on gender identity or sexual orientation.
“Victory!” said Mathias Reynard, a national councilor who has fought for over half a decade on the law. “By 118 against 60 and 5 abstentions, the National Council accepts my parliamentary initiative against homophobia and Transphobia! A great success for human rights!”
There has been intense criticism of Switzerland’s legal standing on LGBT people. Marriage is still not legal in the small country, which means that same-sex couples do not have standing for welfare benefits, adoption, and taxes.
The changes to the penal code could open the door for a push for marriage rights in Switzerland. Currently, the country allows civil partnerships.