Second Gotthard tunnel on the way, “­marriage ­penalty” retained

There were no surprises amongst the other referenda on 28 February. The result of the vote on the marriage penalty was nevertheless tight.

57 % voted in favour of the proposal permitting the construction of a second road tunnel at the Gotthard. This should soften the impact of the renovation of the existing tunnel. Supporters of the initiative – with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard at the forefront – played up the importance of security and national cohesion during the referendum campaign. Opponents highlighted the high costs and the fact that the second tunnel would increase road capacity enormously, hampering road-­­­to-rail transfer and leading to the use of two lanes in two tunnels in future in an extreme scenario. On the evening of the referendum Federal Councillor Leuthard gave assurances that this would not happen  as the protection of the Alps was enshrined in the federal constitution.

The CVP and the definition of marriage

The CVP’s initiative on the abolition of the “marriage penalty” – officially known as “for marriage and families” – was rejected but just 50.8?% voted no. This is despite the fact that the Federal Supreme Court declared fiscally disadvantaging married couples to be unconstitutional in 1984. Opponents warned of high costs during the referendum campaign and demonstrated that the “marriage penalty” only affects high earning married couples. They also used the definition of marriage as a permanent “union of man and woman” as a further reason for rejecting the proposal. Opponents argued that this definition contradicted efforts to open up marriage to same-sex couples. 

Resounding rejection of Young Socialists’ initiative

Speculation on the rise and fall of food prices will not be prohibited in Switzerland. The “no speculation on food” initiative was clearly rejected – with 59.9 % opposed – as expected. 40 % voting in favour is nevertheless a respectable achievement from the perspective of those on the left and the Greens.

Comments (4)
  1. Karin Stricker Karin Stricker at 03.04.2016
    Als Mitglied der LGBT Gemeinde war es fuer mich klar, dass die Initiative abgelehnt werden musste. Mit der Definition der Ehe als "Lebensgemeinschaft von Mann und Frau" haette die Schweiz auch gegen die von der UNO herausgegeben Menschenrechte verstossen. Es ist Zeit, dass die Ehe auch fuer gleichgeschlechtliche Paare offen ist.
    1. Andreas Zaugg Andreas Zaugg at 06.04.2016
      Eine gleichgeschlechtliche Verbindung widerspricht unserer Geschöpflichkeit und kann als solche eigentlich nie eine Ehe sein, meine ich. Das ist auch das biblisch-schöpferische Selbstverständnis zu dem ich mit vielen anderen stehe. Die UNO ist nicht die höchste Autorität für diese Welt und uns Menschen. Schade, dass die Initiative abgelehnt wurde.
  2. Ernst  Ruetimann , Trang Ernst Ruetimann , Trang at 09.04.2016
    Herr Zaugg da muss ich ihnen voll beipflichten .- Gleichgeschlechtliche Liebe gabs schon vor tausenden von Jahren , und laesst sich kaum verbieen ; aber gleichgeschlechliche Ehen ? Was hat ein adoptiertes Kind fuer einen Eindruck , wenn es merkt das alle anderen Kinder einen Vater u n d eine Mutter haben , und es selbst zwei Vaeter !
  3. jonathan L Flaum jonathan L Flaum at 12.05.2016
    Same sex marriage is an abomination
    the land vomited out the canninites for this crime

Write new comment

The editorial team reserves the right to delete discriminatory, racist, defamatory or inflammatory comments or to block the comment function for this article.

It is over a year since the Swiss National Bank abandoned the minimum rate against the euro. This has cost over 10,000 jobs to date and has halved...

Read more

The SNB’s task is to ensure price stability but prices have fallen with the end of the minimum rate. The economist Philippe Bacchetta explains why.

Read more
Politics
03/17/2016

Attack on “free lawyers”

How should Swiss asylum policy be organised? The Swiss people will decide on this issue on 5 June 2016. The referendum forced by the SVP is likely to...

Read more

Gibt es ein Leben nach dem Tod? Wer weiss. Eines steht aber fest: Mit Sicherheit gibts einen lebendigen Tourismus nach dem Tod. Für Dahingeschiedene...

Read more

What is new in Ticino’s art scene? The MASI Lugano has been addressing this question for a number of years in its “Che c’è di nuovo?” exhibition...

Read more
 

Auslandschweizer Organisation
Alpenstrasse 26
3006 Bern, Schweiz

tel +41 31 356 61 10
fax +41 31 356 61 01
revue@aso.ch