Finland: Changed attitudes towards homosexuals


Sweden is on the verge of legalizing gay marriage. In Finland, the situation is somewhat different.  Homsexual couples here are allowed to register their partnership. The registration has many of the aspects of marriage, although the partners are not allowed to change surnames, nor to adopt. Neither are they allowed to marry in church.

According to a poll by Taloustutkimus, 49 percent of the Finnish population think that gay people who have registered a partnership should be allowed a traditional marriage in church. Attitudes have changed; in the year 2003, only a third of the population believed that gay marriage should be legalized.


Source: Hufvudstadsbladet


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