A public campaign on gay marriage is forcing Finland's parliament to reconsider a marriage bill rejected by lawmakers in February.

The proposed marriage bill died on a narrow vote in the parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee.

But lawmakers must consider any citizens petition that gathers at least 50,000 valid signatures.

Marriage equality supporters reached that goal on its first day last March. On Thursday, the petition's last day, organizers of the “Tahdon2013” (“I Do”) campaign said that they had collected more than 162,000 signatures in six months.

According to Gay Star News, organizers also released a survey showing that 58 percent of Finns support marriage equality, while 34 percent remain opposed.

Finland, the only Scandinavian country that does not allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, has recognized the relationships of gay couples with registered partnerships since 2002. Gay couples are also allowed to adopt their partner's biological children since 2009.

The Christian newspaper Kotimaa in 2010 reported that a narrow majority (54%) of Finnish MPs are opposed to the legalization of gay nuptials.