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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:31 AM
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Sweden to allow gay marriage in May
Source: the local

Three of the parties in the four-party governing coalition have tabled a motion that is expected to pave the way for gay marriage in Sweden from May 1st this year.

While heterosexuals in Sweden can choose to marry in either a civil ceremony or a church ceremony, homosexuals are only allowed to register their partnerships in a civil ceremony. But this could all change, with parliament likely to pass new legislation on the matter.

If the new legislation is adopted, Sweden, already a pioneer in giving same-sex couples the right to adopt children, would become the first country in the world to allow gays to marry within a major church.

The Lutheran Church, which was separated from the state in 2000, has since January 2007 offered gays a religious blessing of their union. It has previously said it wants the word "marriage" reserved for heterosexual unions.

Read more: http://www.thelocal.se/17050/20090121 /
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:02 AM
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1. Excellent news!
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:34 AM
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2. only in May? Well I guess may weddings are pretty...
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:58 PM
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6. That's the first month it really starts to warm
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 06:59 PM by Kajsa
up and the snow disappears, for those who
want an outdoor ceremony.

May and June are beautiful in Sweden.

:)
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:50 PM
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3. The whole idea of a state church is fundamentally backward and feudal.
The US and France set a good example in that regard.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:52 PM
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5. Make that "state religion." Other belief systems should not
get a pass either.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:51 PM
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4. ...
:applause:
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