Finland Mainline Protestants Battle Over Gay Marriage Opposition

As an increasing number of Christian denominations in Scandinavia continue to embrace gay marriage, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland is facing its own internal struggle, with a Church Synod debating its stance on the issue.

Evangelical Focus reported on Monday that as Roman Catholic, evangelical and Eastern Orthodox Churches in Finland, and in many places around the world, maintain that marriage is solely between one man and one woman, many Mainline Protestant traditions have been undergoing “huge changes” in their teachings on marriage.

Finland’s Lutheran Church remains opposed to same-sex marriage, despite its affiliates in Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway all changing their doctrine in recent years to embrace gay couples.

Back in March, Finland became the last remaining Nordic country to officially legalize gay marriage, though the Lutheran Church so far remains exempt from having to officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies.

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