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GAY PRIEST REFUSES TO MARRY STRAIGHT COUPLES TO EXPOSE INEQUALITY

Lars Gårdfeldt, 56, is a priest in the Church of Sweden, a notably progressive Lutheran church – and he is railing against what he sees as a discriminatory policy in the best possible way. In the Church of Sweden, priests are not obliged to marry a couple if they have conscientious objections to the union. Under this rule, clergy can turn away same-sex couples if they are morally opposed. This rule remains in place despite the fact that same-sex couples have been allowed to marry within the Church of Sweden since 2009. Speaking on Swedish Radio, Gårdfeldt – who works in a parish in Gothenburg – said that he will no longer marry opposite-sex couples to “show the absurdity of refusing marriage to two consenting adults”

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