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Sweden Passes Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

Jim Burroway

April 1st, 2009

We’ve just been informed that minutes ago, the Swedish Riksdag (Parliament) passed a reformed marriage bill that includes same sex marriage. The measure passed 261-22, with 18 abstentions. The change will go in effect in one month.

People currently in registered partnerships will have the option to retain their partnership, marry anew, or sending in their partnership paperwork to have them converted into legal marriages. Sweden first enacted registered partnerships in 1995, making it the third country in the world to formally recognize same-sex relationships.

[Hat tip: Reader Noa from Sweden, who is crying tears of joy.]

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Ben in Oakland
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

andwasn’t this the country where that idiot Stanley Kurtz claimed that marriage rates were falling and children were being born out of wedlock and…

IT’S ALL BECAUSE THE GAYS ARE GETTING MARRIED?

I cannot believe that the Swedish parliament could be so indifferent to the welfare of poor heterosexuals and the continued well-being of their country.

After all, every child deserves a father and a mother.

Göran Koch-Swahne
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

In fact Swedish marriages are the longest lasting in the World ;=)

Marriages lasting 50 or 60 years are not uncommon.

TJ McFisty
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

Is it the unbearably tight satanic jeans, Göran? I’m thinking it is.

Emily K
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

Jag alskar Sverige!!!

they gave us the film “Fucking Åmål” (aka, “Show Me Love”)

David
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

At last….
Not that it was unexpected, but it feels VERY good (and it makes me disgustingly proud about my contry!!!
:-)
….

Its not before autumn that the Swedish church decides if homosexuals should be able to marry in church (we will keep you informed!).
But Civil marriages aso. will be OK from the start of this law…

Lindoro
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

Congrats to all Swedes!

cowboy
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

Time to trade in the truck for a Volvo I suppose…as my way of support.

Attmay
April 1st, 2009 | LINK

It must be all that ABBA they listen to. :D

Joel
April 2nd, 2009 | LINK

if theres one thing i like more than that they passed this legislation, its the overwhelming majority that voted for it. I cant fathom any state having this much support for SS marriage.

David
April 2nd, 2009 | LINK

I was afraid it was a april joke at first, but its the day after now, and all newspapers still says it is true (and the rightwing loons are still screaming bloody murder with a kind of pathetic sobbering at the same time! :-)
So I guess its official!

(As I said, I am disgustingly PROUD of my contry right now!)

Hanna
May 1st, 2009 | LINK

Finally!

It is amazing that this debate is still happening, it is bewildering that we are still asking ourselves if civil right should really apply to all citizens. Suppressing a minority can take many forms, and there should be no disillusion about what we are talking about here. Racism and homophobia are for instance no different from one and other. For all you people venting your anger over decisions like these you are no different than those who threw themselves to the ground to protest the decision to introduce race integrated universities in the US in the 50s and 60s. Time will expose you as just that.

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