Swedish PM Announced Church Ministers Should Be Required To Marry Same Sex Couples

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

Ohio LGBT Group Plans To Force Their Agenda On Christian Churches

The group Equality Ohio announced that they would target churches forcing them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose their beliefs.

Remember the liberal assurances that they were only seeking civil marriage rights, as opposed to forcing others to embrace, accept, and affirm homosexuality and perform homosexual marriages?

They will frame this as a  “civil rights” issue and attack without realizing the inherent threat to liberty their tactics are.

An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding. In opposing the Ohio Pastor Protection Act (HB-36), the group Equality Ohio announced that they would target churches, forcing them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose their beliefs. This despite the fact that all the Roman Catholic bishops in Ohio support the bill, and Catholics make up approximately 20 percent of the state’s population.

When asked “if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall … should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that’s against that church community’s belief system,” an Equality Ohio spokeswoman said, “Sure, I would say that if that space is open and generally available to the public for a fee, yes that should be available to everyone.”

This statement may seem innocent enough, but to Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana), the author of HB-36, it is a declaration of war. “If you have property rights and religious freedom, shouldn’t you have religious freedom, at least on your own property?” Vitale asked in an interview with PJ Media.

Specifically, Vitale suggested that the ACLU of Ohio, which he described as “a large cash cow organization that exists to sue people,” and which opposed the Ohio Pastor Protection Act last year, would target churches if HB-36 does not pass. “That’s what they aim to do,” he explained.  PJMedia