Regrettably, the popular initiative proposing an amendment to the Swiss Federal Constitution to clarify that marriage is a union between a man and a woman was today very narrowly defeated in a referendum by 49.2% vs. 50.8%. In a clear majority of the country’s 26 cantons the majority of the population voted, however, in favour of the amendment. It was the vote in major agglomerations such as Zurich, Geneva, Basel, and Berne that tilted the outcome into a bad direction.
The outcome comes as a disappointment, given that according to recent opinion polls the initiative seemed set to win by a comfortable margin. It appears that the result of the vote is to be explained by the fact that nearly the entire political class of the country (except the Chrstian Popular Party, which had initiated it) and nearly all the mass media have outspokenly opposed the proposal.