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World News: Swiss look set to accept same-sex marriage in referendum Updated: 2021-09-27 09:36:04 KST

Let's take a look at what's going on in 'The World Now'.

We start off in Switzerland, where Swiss voters on Sunday are set to back a proposal to open civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples.
In a nation-wide referendum conducted through Switzerland's system of direct democracy, projections showed 64-percent of voters voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
While federal government and parliament approved opening same-sex marriage, opponents had forced a referendum on the issue.

"This doesn't bother me. For me, the concept of family is not necessarily linked to biological reproduction, so if people adopt or do not bear the child, it doesn't count for me. There are broken families with biological parents and united families with adopted children, so for me it's not a vector of unity."

"It's true that it (the law) goes outside traditional schemes, but I think what is important for a child is to be loved and respected and I think some children are neither loved or respected by, so called, heterosexual couples, so I don't have any issue or reluctance with this."

With the amended law soon to take effect, it will make it possible for same-sex couples to not only get married, but to adopt children unrelated to them, while married lesbian couples would also be allowed to have children using sperm donations, which was currently legal only for married heterosexual couples.

Over to the Canary Islands, where more volcanic explosions spewed red hot lava high into the air on La Palma on Saturday,.. as a new emission vent opened.
The latest explosion force the small Spanish island to close its airport, while creating long queues for boats off the island.
The seismic activity due to the eruption triggered a rockslide at a cliff near the island's Tazacorte port on Sunday.
Authorities have warned that the moving lava could create a cloud of toxic gases and, possibly, explosions as it hits the sea.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which first erupted last Sunday is now entering a new explosive phase.
The eruption led to the evacuation of nearly 7-thousand people on the island.

And finally over to Russia, where Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton won his one hundredth Formula One race, at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Ironically, it was a sudden downpour during the tail end of the race that helped the British driver, as Lando Norris who had the lead with five laps to go lost his lead after Hamilton switched to rain tires.
Hamilton already holds the record for the most F1 wins, with Michael Schumacher next in the all-time list with 91 victories.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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