Gay Marriage Causes Coalition Tension
It looks like the Swedish centre-right coalition government will soon present a proposal to allow same-sex marriage, despite protests from one of the coalition parties. According to Swedish Radio’s National News Department, the Justice Ministry is almost ready to present a proposal that doesn’t include any of the compromises suggested by the Christian Democrat party.
All the other parties in the coalition, and indeed all the other parties in the Swedish parliament, are in favour of giving gay and lesbian couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, only the Christian Democrats are against.
The opposition have already presented a gay marriage bill to parliament, and several coalition MP’s have said they will vote with the opposition if the government doesn’t present its own proposals allowing gay marriage before the end of the year. At the moment Swedish Gays and Lesbians have the right to become partners, but not to marry. High profile Christian Democrat members say they hope that the Swedish Radio story is inaccurate, otherwise the lack of a compromise could threaten the coalition.