Indeed, the National Council, the lower house of the Swiss legislature, approved the criminalization of homophobia and transphobia by a 118-60 vote.
Thus, now, if the bill becomes law, physical violence and verbal violence against LGBT people could be punished by heavy fines or up to three years in prison.
National Councilor Mathias Raynard, who introduced the motion, told Shorlist: “The Swiss Parliament’s decision is great news because it sends the powerful message that homophobia is not an opinion; as for racism, it’s a violation of the law.
“I tabled the motion after speaking to friends of mine who have personally been victims of verbal and physical homophobic violence.
“And working on this law I found out that the Swiss case-law doesn’t punish either hate speech or incitement to hatred towards LGBT+ people. During the last few years, this loophole in the law has been pointed out several times at an international level.”
The motion must now be adopted by the Council of States.
Switzerland could soon ban homophobic and transphobic crimes. What a fantastic news!