Swedish Conservatives End Party Conference - and O’K’s Gay Marriages

Swedish Conservative Moderate Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has ended his party’s annual conference this week-end by declaring that the party will continue to renew its policies - and favor pensioners, immigrants, health care and the environment – and support gay marriages.

The party congress approved the leadership’s recommendation that church marriages include homosexual couples - leaving only party in parliament opposed to this is now the government coalition partner,  the Christian Democrats.

Reinfeldt says he will now talk to his coalition partner in hopes of avoiding a split.

The congress also voted in favour of plans to make major cuts in military spending - breaking with past policy - and concluding that that no changes are necessary in labor laws - a contradiction to earlier demands to make it easier to hire and fire workers.

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