Magazine article Anglican Journal

Same-Sex Rite under Fire

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Same-Sex Rite under Fire

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Stockholm

(ENI)--Plans by the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden to introduce a ceremony for same-sex couples have stirred protests from leaders of other denominations, including the Roman Catholic church, two Orthodox churches and the Pentecostal movement.

"This action will inevitably affect ecumenical talks and relations in a negative direction," nine church leaders wrote in a November letter to the board of the Church of Sweden, criticizing the decision.

The Church of Sweden's assembly in October commissioned the church board to draw up a liturgy for a church ceremony for same-sex partnerships. The plans come as Sweden's parliament is considering introducing a new "sex-neutral" marriage law, to include both homosexual and heterosexual partnerships.

If the new law on marriage is introduced, the church ceremony would mean that homosexual couples would be married in the eyes of the law, as is the case at present with heterosexual couples who get married in church. …

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