parliament is considering a proposal stating that
"a person's gender will no longer have
any bearing on whether they can marry." The
proposal would render current marriage and partnership laws
gender-neutral, allowing gays the option to wed in the
Lutheran Church. The proposal also states that pastors
who do not want to perform a same-sex wedding have the
right to refuse.
same-sex couples are allowed to register only their
"partnerships" in a civil ceremony, a union
that gives gays and lesbians the same status as
married couples, an option granted in Sweden in 1995.
favored proposal is expected to pass, though no official
date has been set for a vote.
Sweden was also
the first country to allow same-sex couples the right to
adopt children, in 1995. (Rhiza Dizon, Advocate.com)