Less than six months after Sweden’s government legalized same-sex marriage, the Lutheron Church of Sweden announced Thursday that it will begin allowing pastors to conduct weddings for gay couples.
The Swedish News Agency TT reports the church, where 73 percent of all Swedes are members, passed the proposal in a 176-73 vote.
“The Synod’s decision takes a stance in favor 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,” said Asa Regner, the head of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education. The association is Sweden’s largest gay-rights group.
The announcement comes 30 years after Sweden withdrew homosexuality from their list of classified diseases.
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