Thursday, October 22, 2009

Church of Sweden: Practicing Equality of Marriage

This found on

The Synod of the Lutheran Church of Sweden has come down in favour of church weddings for homosexuals in a vote held on Thursday morning.

The decision, which is based on a proposal from the church’s governing board, means that the Church of Sweden will conduct wedding ceremonies for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.

The proposal was approved by 176 of 249 voting members.

The decision comes just three days after the 30th anniversary of the date when homosexuality stopped being classified as a disease in Sweden.

“The Synod’s decision takes a stance in favour of an inclusive view of people. Regardless of whether one is religious or not, this affects the entire social climate and the view of people’s equal value,” Åsa Regnér, head of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) - the country's largest gay rights group, said in a statement.

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Of course, there are those who will say, "But look at the Church of Sweden!? It is a state church!?"

So it is.

Not advocating state-church here.

But I am advocating equality of marriage.




Andreas said...

Actually, the Church of Sweden is not a state church. It became independent in 2000.

Brett said...

Ah! Thanks for the correction! I forgot that it changed in 2000!