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Supporters pose for a picture after the first projections following a nationwide referendum on same-sex marriage in Swiss capital, Bern, on Sept. 26. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

A referendum to allow same-sex marriage won sweeping approval from Swiss voters in Sunday's election, AP reports.

Why it matters: Although Switzerland has allowed same-sex civil partnerships since 2007, the passage of the “Marriage for All” measure will allow these couples to enjoy the same rights as heterosexual couples.

The big picture: The passage of the referendum will allow same-sex couples to adopt children, facilitate citizenship for partners who are not Swiss, and allow lesbian couples to use regulated sperm donation services, per AP.

  • More than 64% of voters approved the measure, AP reports.
  • "We are very happy and relieved," Antonia Hauswirth of the national committee Marriage for All, told Reuters.
  • Amnesty International hailed the outcome as a "milestone for equality."

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Oct 3, 2021 - World

Swiss Guards leave corps in order to avoid Vatican vaccine mandate

Swiss Guards at the Vatican. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

Three members of the Vatican's Swiss Guard have voluntarily left the corps after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, defying the Vatican's mandate, AP reports.

Driving the news: Last week, the Vatican ordered all employees to get vaccinated or submit to testing, with the new policy going into effect on Oct. 1.

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2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.