Last spring 166 000 individuals in Finland signed a petition for an equal marriage law. Great huh? Not so much. It was taken to a vote at legal affairs committee and overturned. Why? Two people who were supposed to be there, didn’t show up. (Both supposedly supporters of the cause) and the other one was replaced by someone from the NO-team. Curiously enough, how did this replacement know that he needed to be there? Just sayin’….
At this point I’d like to point out that the reputation that Finnish people are honest, has been built by the Finnish people WHO HAVE LEFT THE COUNTRY!!!
Today’s vote was about an objection made about the previous vote. Now the slackers from last time were present but another two missing. (I see a pattern developing, again, just sayin’) The petition was overturned by 9-8.
The chairman of the law committee explained last spring that she votes purely based on her on conscience. Interesting, here was I thinking that a committee that basically decides on new laws would base their decisions on law and facts. But nooooo. She is also member of the Coalition-party that has fished on gay votes with their leading “star” Alexander Stubb, our Prime Minister. That same PM has been saying on Twitter that he will do anything to make sure this vote passes. Yet, the members of his party voted no. Another interesting fact: In Finland there’s a strict party code, it’s not compulsory but most political parties follow it. The code means that no one in that party is not allowed to deviate from the party’s stance. Basically Stubb could have ordered Holmlund to vote YES, yet he didn’t.
Alexander Stubb, the fierce supporter of equality BUT ONLY ON NATIONAL ELECTION DAYS!
All is not lost…On next week Friday, there’s a final vote at the parliament so the law can still be passed. But don’t hold your breath, next year there are parliament elections so the swell people at the parliament are already trying to secure their votes. *le sigh* You can read about today’s vote in Finnish HERE.
P.S. I was informed that only True Finns followed strict party rule on this vote. For others it was a pure ‘follow your own heart’-thing.
P.P.S. When I asked on Twitter, what’s law affairs committee in English, I got plenty of suggestions including swear words. People ARE pissed.
P.P.P.S. This blog post was written to the tunes of ABBA.