Where I stand is somewhere in the middle if I must accept civil unions which is legal only, but believe in the meaning of a Sacrament. My stance is that Sacraments are a Holy blessing directly from God, and not up for desecration. You just posted the Church of Sweden making this decision, however in itself it must be a conflict in terms of the meaning of Sacraments. Marriage is not a Sacrament in the Lutheran Church, however Baptism and Communion is. They both are vows to God renouncing Sin, and/or recieving absolution of Sins by recieving Communion. Anyway you cut it, the Lutheran Church or many other none christian Religions regard Homosexuality as a sin at this point, which is where the conflict with recieving and administering Sacraments comes in. These are ordained people, also a Sacrament in the Catholic church.
Fair enough, although when it comes to the Sweden church...either tey have made some kind of deal between the 2 sides or they are evolving.
Since any Marriage involves a Holy ceromony at least, Prayers and Creeds said at them, support those and affirm beliefs, which would conflict totally, if you are told by God this is a sin. It going to take some very sweeping and major turnaround to reinturpet Bible and other passages, concerning what it says regarding homosexuality. So far no major religion has done this or declared any differnent meaning, and universally they beleive these are the true words of God. Gays would like all these Bible things tossed into the trash and regarded as Mear Mans ideas, which initself is a declaration of Atheist, giving no creditials of God to the Bible, and therefore where is Gods existance?
The funniest thing however is that gays weren´t concider a sin untill the first christians set foot, specially Rome.
And I find it odd that all religious people and according to them that God sees Gays as the biggest sin in the enitre history of this universe.
That like has no logic whether it´s by logical or illogical means...
If people don´t like or accept gays then so be it, however it does not mean they can goon a crusade to exterminate all gays.
I don´t think that´s the right thing to do by the smallest reason, don´t you agree?
This is the reason to why many gays hates religion.
Personally that´s not why I don´t agree with religion, my own reason are different, although my hate towards humans are another thing...