Gay Marriage in Sweden

Same-sex marriage in Sweden has been legal since 1 May 2009, following the adoption of a new, gender-neutral law on marriage by the Swedish parliament on 1 April 2009, making Sweden the seventh country in the world to open marriage to same-sex couples nationwide. Existing registered partnerships will remain in force, and can be converted to a marriage if the parties so desire, either through a written application or through a formal ceremony. New registered partnerships will no longer be able to be entered into and marriage will be the only legally recognized form of union for couples regardless of sex.

On 22 October 2009, the governing board of the Church of Sweden, voted 176–62 in favour of allowing its priests to wed same-sex couples in new gender-neutral church ceremonies, including the use of the term marriage. Same-sex marriages have been performed by the church since 1 November 2009.

In July 2013, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån – SCB) released the number of people who had married a partner of the same sex since marriage legalisation in 2009. The group found that in all jurisdictions of Sweden bar one (Stockholm County) more female same-sex marriages occur than male same-sex marriages. As of July 2013, 4521 females were married to another female in Sweden, compared to 3646 males in same-sex marriages. The odd figure for female marriages is due to the SCB not including foreigners in the statistics.

A Eurobarometer poll conducted in autumn 2006 found that 71% of Swedes supported legalising same-sex marriage, with a high of 87 % in Stockholm county and a low of 58 % in Jönköping County. This public approval was the second highest in the European Union at that time.

YouGov poll, conducted between 27 December 2012 and 6 January 2013, found that 79% of Swedes supported same-sex marriage, 14% were opposed and 7% had no opinion.

A May 2013 Ipsos poll found that 81% of respondents were in favour of same-sex marriage and another 9% supported other form of recognition for same-sex couples.

The 2015 Eurobarometer found that 90% of Swedes thought that same-sex marriage should be allowed throughout Europe, 7% were against.

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