Vicar protests against gay weddings
Another vicar from the Lutheran Church of Sweden has voluntarily given up the right to carry out weddings, in protest at the church's decision to allow gay weddings. According to the law vicars cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, and either have to marry all couples coming to their church, or none at all.
The vicar, from Värnamo in the south of the country, says by marrying gays he would "be leaving all that is Christian", reports local Swedish Radio.
Four vicars have so far taken the same decision, according to The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency, which is responsible for registering those allowed to carry out wedding services in Sweden.