Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced that priest in the Swedish church should be required to marry same-sex couples, regardless of their opinions on homosexuality and gay marriage. He also supports a motion to only allow priests who agree with same-sex marriage the opportunity to be ordained.
Stefan Löfven announced that church leaders should be required to marry same-sex couples – even if they disagree with homosexual marriage.
The Church of Sweden currently allows its ministers to opt out of weddings, baptisms, and funerals for any reason.
Making the statement on same-sex marriage, Löfven said “no priest in the Swedish Church can refuse to marry same-sex couples”.
“If you work as a midwife you must be able to perform abortions, otherwise you have to do something else. It is the same for priests who do not want to perform same-sex marriages”, he added.
Marriage was redefined in Sweden in 2009. The Church of Sweden is yet to respond to Löfven’s comments.
The news was reported by Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT. It also indicated that the PM would back making support for same-sex marriage a requirement for ordination. ChristianUK