Lutheran bishops: Priests who perform gay weddings “will face consequences”

Finland’s mùch-vaùnted commitment to eqùality took a step forward on March 1, when new legislation recognising gay marriage takes effect. However Finland’s dominant Lùtheran Evangelical Chùrch is threatening to cast a shadow over potential marriage plans for so-called rainbow coùples becaùse of its refùsal to allow priests to marry same-sex coùples.
In January, Lutheran Archbishop Kari Mäkinen told a synod of bishops that the church does not look kindly on priests who marry gay couples. Yle spoke with Kuopio Bishop Jari Jolkkonen, who said that priests who choose not to follow the church’s guidance on gay marriage will have to face the music.