Estonia: Lutheran Church to suspend marriage registrations temporarily

The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) will temporarily suspend marriage registrations as of 1 January 2024, Postimees reports. Archbishop Urmas Viilma said that the decision was due to “practical reasons.” He noted that the church’s questions on what legislative amendments that legalised same-sex marriages meant in practice remained unanswered. He pointed out that members of the clergy may face conflicts with their faith when officiating gender-neutral weddings. EELK will decide on further steps in October 2023.

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