On 17 February 2017, the legislature upheld the 2014 same-sex marriage law by 120 votes to 48, defeating the initiative of conservative opponents to the law who gathered more than the 50,000 signatures required for parliament to debate an issue. So, the law goes into effect 01 March 2017 as before [R1.18].
On 12 July 2016, it was reported that the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, which has around four million members, has issued guidelines to church leaders that says the new law permitting same-sex weddings that comes into force of 01 March 2017, will ''have no effect on the rights of pastors to officiate church weddings'' [R1.17].
On 17 February 2016, the Parliament approved 106-42 legislation that will allow same-sex couples in registered partnerships to convert their legal status to 'married' by notifying the authorities. Registered partnerships will be abolished on 01 March 2017, when the law to allow same-sex marriage enters into force [R1.16].
On 20 February 2015, President Sauli Niinistö signed same-sex marriage bill - the first bill petitioned by the public - into law. The new law making marriage gender neutral will come into force on 1 March 2017 [R1.15].
On 12 December 2014, in a second vote, the Parliament voted 101-90 in favour of a legislative proposal to introduce equal marriage rights on 01 March 2017 [R1.14].
On 10 December 2014, it was reported that the Parliament - at the behest of James Hirvisaari, former Finns Party member and now sole MP for the Muutos2011 party - will re-vote on the previously approved same-sex marriage bill [R1.13].
On 28 November 2014, the Parliament voted 105-92 with 1 absentee to approve a gender-neutral marriage bill. The law will not take effect until 2016 at the earliest [R1.12] as the bill will now proceed to the Finnish Parliament's Grand Committee before returning to be reviewed by all members of parliament.
Section 1 of the Marriage Act (avioliittolaki, äktenskapslagen; Act no. 411/1987) provides that marriage is between a woman and a man [L1.11].
Section 115 of the Marriage Act (as amended by Act no. 226/2001) provides the following:
"A marriage concluded between a woman and a man in a foreign State before an authority of that State shall be valid in Finland if it is valid in the State in which it was concluded or in a State of which either spouse was a citizen or in which either spouse was habitually resident at the time of conclusion of the marriage." [L1.11].
On 28 November 2014, the Parliament was expected to vote on a proposal which would make marriage gender-neutral, and extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples [R1.10].
On 25 June 2014, the parliamentary legal affairs committee was reported to have rejected 10-6 a bid to legislate for equal marriage, despite a petition in support signed by over 166,000 people. The parliament is expected to consider the bill after September [R1.9].
On 20 February 2014, the Parliament began debating the gay marriage bill as a consequence of the citizen petition signed by more than 100,000 in 24 hours and a final tally of 166,000 names [R1.8].
On 19 March 2013, it was reported that after gathering 50,000 signatures in one day on a petition organised by The I Do 2013, lawmakers have been forced to reconsider an equal marriage bill rejected by the Legal Affairs Committee on 01 March [R1.7].
On 27 February 2013, the parliamentary legal committee voted 9-8 against a same-sex marriage bill [R1.6].
On 21 March 2012, seventy-six of the 200 members of parliament have signed a draft amendment to the law that would legalize same-sex marriage. Parliament sent the bill to a committee [R1.5].
In July 2010, Justice Minister Tuija Brax said work on legalising same-sex marriage and adoption by married same-sex couples had begun. The law should be in place by 2012 [R1.4].
In April 2010, the governing majority was expected to implement a motion to be put forward at the next party congress in support of gender-neutral marriage and adoption [R1.3].
In September 2001, the Finnish parliament approved a law allowing gays to officially register as couples and obtain some of the rights of married couples but not the right to adopt each other's children [R1.2] .
The law, came into effect 01 March 2002 [R1.1].