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Finland likely to get marriage equality next year

Timothy Kincaid

April 23rd, 2010

Finland has had Registered Partner recognition since 2002. But that is likely to be upgraded to civil marriage in the coming year (Ice News)

Regardless of the outcome of next year’s Finnish parliamentary elections, the governing majority is expected to implement a motion in support of gender-neutral marriage and adoption.

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daftpunkydavid
April 23rd, 2010 | LINK

awesome news

BCCanuck
April 24th, 2010 | LINK

Here is a link to a report on the homosexuality debate within the Orthodox Church of Finland:

http://www.kosmas.fi/PDF-files-veljeston%20paasivu/Finn_Ort_Probl_2009_Autumn.pdf

In an interview with Leo Makkonen, the Orthodox Archbishop of Finland [as published in the newspaper of the Lutheran Church 'Kotimaa' (Homeland) in the 13/11/2008 edition], the Archbishop says:

‘The registration of parishioners as same-sex couples does not constitute a problem.’ [Note: In Finland, in order to officially belong to any church whatsoever, you need to register.]

And the Archbishop continues:

‘To anyone who wishes to participate in parishional and liturgical life, no questions are asked about their family status.’

According to the Archbishop, socio-ethical issues are to a large degree a matter of culture:

‘Especially in Eastern Europe, the Church leaderships are obliged to maintain a balance, on account of the demands of noisy extremist fundamentalist organizations. Among these circles, liberalism is not fashionable.’

The Archbishop says that the Orthodox Church is very careful when handling matters pertaining to homosexuality:

‘Those who are registered as a couple with a person of the same sex cannot be accepted in the ranks of priesthood. But for associates and workers from the laity, we do not place the same criteria.’

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