Election 2010

Christian Democrats Signal U-Turn on Sex Change Operations

Sweden's Christian Democrats say they are now open to changing the law when it comes to sex change operations. Göran Hägglund, the party leader, said in an interview with newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Friday that his party can stand behind a government proposal to change the law if his coalition wins this fall's election.

At present, the law requires a person to be unmarried, sterilized and a Swedish citizen before they can undergo a sex change operation. But in June, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare released a report suggesting that these rules be scrapped.

The Christian Democrats have been criticized in the past for their politics regarding people who do not identify as straight, and Hägglund did not attend the political party leader debate at Stockholm Pride, happening this week.