It’s been a long time coming, but has been expected ever since same – sex marriage was approved by the Swedish parliament back in May this year – immediately before the news from Iowa. As I predicted at the time, the Swedish Lutheran Church has now approved church weddings for gay and lesbian couples. The interesting part of this to me is that although individual pastors are not obliged to perform same sex ceremonies, local churches do not have the same opt-out: all churches must be available to all couples. If the resident pastor won’t do it, a substitute must be brought in from elsewhere.
Once again, this advance has come after discussion that began much earlier, before the church approved “blessing of homosexual partnerships years ago.” In so doing, the majority of the church discounted the traditional view that such partnerships were somehow “against Scripture”. This is another very welcome step in the defanging of that fallacious argument. (See “Countering the Clobber Texts”)