Finnish Church OK's Prayers for Gay Couples
BY Advocate.com Editors
November 12 2010 7:35 PM ET
Finland's state church will permit a "prayer moment" for registered domestic partnerships, bringing religious leaders one step closer to recognizing gay relationships.
The General Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church's highest administrative body, issued a statement Friday saying it would allow clergy to minister to LGBT church members. A spokesman for the synold told Agence France-Presse that Lutheran ministers will have a choice as to whether they will perform the prayer with gay couples entering a legal partnership. Allowing of a prayer, however, does not constitute the church's blessing of same-sex relationships, or marriage equality.
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