In December 1990, the House of Representatives voted in favor of reforming the law on sexual offenses (art. 191 et seq. of the Penal Code). In a national referendum on May 17, 1992, 73% of the voters accepted the reform of Swiss Federal legislation on sexual offenses, including the elimination of all discrimination against homosexuality from the Penal Code

Homosexuality in the army is no longer illegal, thus a homosexual act between two consenting members of the army can no longer be prosecuted. (Note that every male Swiss between the age of 20 and 50 is a member of the Swiss army. There are very few professional members of the army.)

Protection based on sexual orientation in lawEdit

Laws against discrimination on sexual orientation are in effect. There is no support for adoption of children or protections in this area of the law in Switzerland, although revision of the law following a decision by the European Court of Justice on a case in France may be reached.[1]

Recognition of same sex couplesEdit

Registered partnership has been recognised since 1 January 2007. The Canton of Zurich, for example, has registered 702 couples which represents more than 10% of all weddings in the region.[2]

Gay life in the countryEdit

Although some attitudes may change slowly, the general public is mostly tolerant of gays and violent discrimination does not occur. Good gay scenes exist in Geneva, Zürich, Basel and Lausanne.


  1. 28/01/08 Adoptionsrecht wieder im Fokus (German)
  2. 14/01/08 Kanton Zurich: Jede 10. Ehe gleichgeschlechtlich (German)

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