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Sweden Converts Civil Unions To Full Same-Sex Marriage

By April 1, 2009

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After May 1, gay and lesbian couples in Sweden will have the option to legally marry. The move by a parliamentary vote of 261 in favor and 22 opposed eliminates the legal distinction between gay/lesbian and straight couples.

What benefit does this this name change have over previous civil unions? As Paul Schindler of Gay City News so eloquently says, "Marriage is the only currency people understand." Rightly so. Any civil union couple that's spent more time explaining the legality of their relationship than getting the services they actually need can attest to the discrepancies in benefits, rights and the general way their relationship is treated in and out of legislative meeting rooms.

When most people think of same-sex marriage, the picture of two tux-clad men cutting a cake is the immediate image. However, the issues of rights is far more complicated and frankly far less popcorn. By changing the definition of marriage in Sweden, the parliament essentially eliminated the distinction between gay and straight couples, which is especially important when businesses, hospitals, and municipalities draft policies for their partnered employees, clients and constituents. Now, it won't matter if a person is married to Dick, Jane or Hakim, they get the same benefits and breaks.

Civil partnerships and same-sex adoption have been legal in Sweden since 1995 and 2002, respectively.

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Comments
April 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm
(1) Disgusted American says:

Interesting how a country (OUR COUNTRY) ..constantly BOASTS about Freedom this,and Freedom that…”Liberty & Justice for All” blah blah blah…..EMPTY Meaningless words..that mean SQUAT!

STOP calingl it GAY MARRIAGE – It’s Marriage EQUALITY
STOP calling it SAME SEX MARRIAGE – We do NOT call hetero Marriage “Opposite Sex Marriage”

If you don’t like Marriage Equality – then DON’T marry someone of the same sex
NO Religion will be forced to Marry anyone they deem “unworthy”
NO Religion will be Locked up or Fined for speaking out against LGBT people – tho Tony Perkins and the AFA WILL LIE and say otherwise(even tho that’s something Jesus would NEVER do..IF he ever existed)

America – LIVE UP TO YOUR Constant spread of LIES about Personal Freedoms..Either we are ALL Free, or NONE of us are!

When in America has the Public EVER gotten to VOTE on any other Minority Rights? THEY HAVEN’T!
When in America was Religion USED to FIGHT Equality for Blacks,Women etc etc……TOO MANY TIMES to COUNT!!!

September 15, 2010 at 7:36 am
(2) Pars says:

My swetty who is a filipino lived in sweden(swedish citizen). im asian working(not resident) and currently living here in venice for 3 years now.i just want to ask i f someone knows the regulations and documents to be provided if we’ll get marry(samesex)?

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