Same-sex marriage in Sweden has been legal since 1 May , following the adoption of a new gender-neutral law on marriage by the Swedish Parliament on 1 April Existing registered partnerships remain in force and can be converted to a marriage if the parties so desire, either through a written application or through a formal ceremony. New registered partnerships are no longer able to be entered into and marriage is now the only legally recognized form of union for couples regardless of sex. On 22 October , the governing board of the Church of Sweden , voted —62 in favour of allowing its priests to wed same-sex couples in new gender-neutral church ceremonies,  including the use of the term marriage. Registered partnership Swedish : registrerat partnerskap was legalised in Sweden in A law to this effect was approved in June by a vote of — and took effect on 1 January Sweden was the third country to legally recognise same-sex unions, after Denmark and Norway.
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Up to now, same-sex couples have been able to have legal partnership ceremonies - giving them the same benefits as heterosexual couples but considered by some as a discriminatory situation with different names for the different ceremonies. One explanation for the rather low interest of gay and lesbian couples in getting married right now is that the Swedish church is still undecided if it will carry out gender-neutral weddings for homosexuals. The Swedish Lutheran church will make a final decision on this in the autumn. Some critics have demanded that the church refrain from holding legal marriage ceremonies at all if it can not treat all couples the same way. Even though many people in this Nordic nation are not regular church-goers, church weddings are very popular mostly for the traditional photographs, although a wedding at the city hall or any where else with a qualified master of ceremonies is just as legal. Daily news pod Mon - Fri at 4. News in other languages. Radio Sweden. Home All broadcasts Contact News archive More.
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Suicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, according to a study, although whatever their marital status, homosexual people remain more likely to take their own life. The joint study by the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention and researchers from Stockholm University compared suicide rates for people in same-sex and heterosexual relationships in the periods and Denmark became the first country in the world to allow same-sex civil partnerships in , with neighbouring Sweden following six years later. Same-sex marriage, now authorised in 28 countries, became legal in Sweden in and Denmark in Annette Erlangsen, the lead author, suggested that along with other gay rights legislation, same-sex marriage may have reduced feelings of social stigmatisation among some homosexual people.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender LGBT rights in Sweden have been regarded as some of the most progressive in Europe and in the world. Homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness in Sweden also became the first country in the world to allow transgender persons to change their legal gender post- sex reassignment surgery in whilst transvestism was declassified as an illness. Transgenderism was declassified as a mental illness in , and legislation allowing legal gender changes without hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery was passed in