Sweden – the gay issue
Posted by Fr Mark on September 14, 2009
The Church of Sweden’s Synod meeting begins in Uppsala on 22nd September 2009, at which a motion will be discussed to modify the church’s marriage liturgy to make it gender-neutral. This follows the recent change in the law, under which the category of civil registered partnership (for which the Church of Sweden has until now provided a liturgy of blessing) has disappeared, and all civil partnerships have become civil marriages, which is henceforth the only category of partnered relationship recognised by the Kingdom. The provision of non-gender discriminatory marriage liturgy has the recommendation of the leadership of the church, and the support of a large majority of its clergy.
The synod motions (for those who read Swedish) are here: