In America, the state of California denied gays the right to get married, but Sweden was going in the opposite direction. Gay partnerships may currently register their intention to be wed in a civil ceremony, but the Swedish legislature is expected to change the law and beginning in May, 2009, gays and lesbians will be allowed to marry in the Church of Sweden. This marks the first time any nation has allowed gay marriages as permitted in a church ceremony. The new legislature will also allow gays to adopt children.
Sweden has pointed the way for other nations by allowing gays equal rights to marriage. Perhaps, one day, the people of California will learn from Sweden the meaning of democracy and equal rights.