- October 2008 : Same-sex partnerships
A discussion has started in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland about same-sex partnerships. The General Synod has assigned the Bishops’ Conference the task of studying the consequences of the new Partnership Act, which regards the civil registration of partnerships between same-sex partners.
Within the Church opinions diverge on anthropology, human relations and sexuality. The differences are based on differing understandings of the interpretation of the Bible and of Christian ethics. The discussion takes place in interaction with other churches and the society.
A working group mandated by the Bishops’ Conference is preparing a draft for the Bishops’ Conference’s report to the General Synod about the theological and legal aspects related with the consequences of the Partnership Act.
More information : Churches and homosexuality on the Church Research Institute website (Lutheran Church of Finland).