In One Day, 50K Petitioners Force Finland Parliament Consideration of Marriage Equality Bill

After a parliamentary committee in Finland rejected a marriage equality bill earlier this month, the people of Finland have risen up in support of same-sex marriage. Finland stands alone as the only Scandinavian country without equal marriage.

In just one day, a drive to gather the 50,000 signatories required to take a gender-neutral marriage bill to parliament reached its target. So many members of the public rushed to support the “I Do 2013” campaign website, that it crashed as a result of the overwhelming demand. (As of 4:40 pm EST the site has collected over 101,247 signatories)

This now means that lawmakers must now consider a bill which was previously blocked in late February at the committee stage by a narrow margin.