Breaking News: Imams, Pastors to Wed Homosexuals – Sweden’s Government party says: Breaking News: Imams, Pastors to Wed Homosexuals – Sweden’s Government party says:
According to the proposal by the Green Party of Sweden, part of the ruling red-green coalition.
So Imams, rabbis, pastors and priests who refuse to marry homosexuals will no longer perform on weddings.
Sweden’s Marriage Code became gender neutral in 2009 only a handful of religious followers marry gay couples.
Breaking News: Imams, Pastors to Wed Homosexuals – Sweden’s Government party says
The Green Party, the ruling Social Democrats’ sidekicks, want to make it illegal to refuse homosexuals.
According to the actual exercise of authority around marriage, discrimination against same sex couples is not right. So we should stop it, Gender Equality Minister Åsa Lindhagen says.
And this is not the first time such contrasting message has come from a Swedish government official.
And the survey conducted by national broadcaster SVT. Results show that five of the 34 surveyed religious congregations marry homosexuals. But others say this is not good for community and the children.
The vast majority of congregations refuse to marry homosexuals. They include several Orthodox, Muslim, Baptist, Catholic, Nontrinitarian congregations, and Jehovah Witnesses.
Lindhagen made a comparison with an administrator at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency refusing certain people sickness benefits.
Because it is not okay, “we cannot have it”, she said.
The proposal implies religious heads who refuse to marry homosexuals are to stop performing on weddings. So let them not even wed even the non homosexuals, the officer continues.
According to Lindhagen, so this won’t infringe on religious freedom.
First of all we have religious freedom in Sweden. You get to believe and think exactly what you want.
This is about the legal part that makes you get married. It’s free to have religious ceremonies of various kinds and we do not force anyone to marry.
Lindhagen says if you perform a task on behalf of the state you should not be able to discriminate.
But the Green Party’s ambition is now to get more parties jump aboard the proposal.
Habre Hissein says no Swedish Muslim or Orthodox community has adopted same sex weddings. So we don’t have to adopt this as well, Habre continues.
Hissein member of the Uppsala Mosque adds that the Moslems should come up and fight this act. Because it is against the values of Islam.
By contrast the Church of Sweden Europe’s largest Lutheran denomination at over 5 million worshipers. So this will be an important example.
But, the former state church, priests, are all permissive of gay marriage.
The Church of Sweden performs around 15,400 weddings a year. In conclusion in 2018, 162 of them were same-sex weddings.