Even as Swedish politicians debate legalisation of same-sex “marriages”, the leader of a leftist party wants recalcitrant pastors forced to violate their consciences.
As Sweden moves closer to a same-sex marriage law, Left Party leader Lars Ohly wants to include a provision to force pastors to wed gay couples.
According to Ohly, the gender neutral marriage law currently under consideration is only a first step.
“In the long run it’s inappropriate to be allow discrimination like this. We don’t think that someone should be allowed to refuse to wed same-sex couples.”
If Ohly has his way, a pastor who says no to marrying a gay couple would lose the right to perform wedding ceremonies.
By implication, Mr Ohly does not think freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are important. It’s simpler to force everyone to conform to the will of the state. So much for that tolerance stuff.