Kudos to Sweden for being progressive and fair in voting to legalize gay marriage:
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden will allow homosexuals to legally marry from May this year after parliament on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move.
The change in the law, which currently allows gay couples to register unions but not formal marriage, comes into force on May 1 this year under the timetable set out in the bill.
[…] “The decision means that gender no longer has an impact on the ability to marry and that the law on registered partnership is repealed,” the government said on its website.
Of course there’s still some folks who aren’t happy about it:
The Christian Democrats, part of the four-party coalition government, refused to back the bill.
The new legislation eliminates legal distinctions between heterosexual and homosexual spouses, but does not force dissenting clergy to wed gay couples.
Which, honestly, is how it should be. Dissenting clergy should be allowed to not perform marriages they don’t agree with, but the state should recognize and allow them. There’s sure to be enough clergy and justices of the peace out there to handle gay marriages without having to coerce anyone into performing ceremonies they don’t agree with.