Finland's Parliament will consider the issue of same-sex marriage after supporters gathered 162,000 signatures in favor of it in the Scandinavian [sic] nation of 5.4 million people.
The figure represents the largest number of signatures collected in favor of a citizen's initiative in Finland and only 50,000 signatures, or less than a third of 162,000, were needed for the Parliament to have to consider the initiative.
The petition was launched earlier this year after the Finnish parliament's Legal Affairs Committee narrowly rejected a proposed marriage equality bill in a voce on March 1. Organizers gathered the required 50,000 signatures in just one day.
According to the "I Do 2013" campaign, the group behind the marriage equality push, the most recent polling shows that a clear majority of Finns -- 58% -- support the freedom to marry, and only 34% are opposed.
Finland is the only Nordic country that does not allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Norway and Sweden passed equal marriage laws in 2009, Iceland in 2010, and Denmark in 2012.