Same-sex marriage vote leads to thousands resigning from Finnish church

Supporters of the same sex marriage celebrate outside the Finnish Parliament

Supporters of the same sex marriage celebrate outside the Finnish Parliament

Finland has become the 12th European nation to allow same-sex marriages after the Finnish Parliament approved the ‘gender neutral’ unions by a narrow margin of 105-92, thus giving the homosexual marriages in Finland the same rights as heterosexual ones. As per this law, couples will be allowed to share a surname and adopt children.

As per reports, the catalyzing factor for spurt of resignations occurred when Archbishop of Turku and Finland, Kari Makinen, gave a comment in support of law for same-sex marriages. In a Facebook post, the Archbishop said he ‘rejoiced’ after the vote passed.

Makinen wrote: “I know how much this day means for rainbow people, their loved ones and many others. I rejoice with my whole heart for them and with them…We are in the same situation as our neighboring Nordic Churches: our concept of marriage needs a fundamental examination. Speaking for myself, I think it is time for reconsideration.”

The sudden spurt in resignations occurred over believers’ disapproval of the archbishop’s comment. Nearly 8000 resignations have already been made from the state-supported Lutheran Church. The resignation will also free the past members from obligatory church membership taxes, which is where the majority of the Lutheran Church’s income comes from. Till now some 75 percent of Finns – 4.1 million people – were listed as members of the church.

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