Information about same-sex marriages

In recent years there has been much discussion in many countries about the situation of homosexual people in both society and church. This has also been the case in Sweden.

In some countries gender-neutral marriage legislation has been passed, offering equal possibilities for same-sex couples. Such a law has also been discussed in Sweden and was the subject of a government inquiry which published its findings in 2007. During the spring of 2009 proposals for introducing legislation in line with the recommendations of the inquiry were made in parliament and a new act was passed. The gender-neutral legislation came into effect from 1st May 2009.