Lesbian bishop consecrated in Sweden

BTL Staff
By | 2009-11-19T09:00:00-05:00 November 19th, 2009|News|

by Rex Wockner

The Church of Sweden consecrated Eva Brunne the world’s first openly lesbian bishop in a mainstream denomination Nov. 8. Svenska kyrkan/Magnus Aronson/IKON photo

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The Church of Sweden consecrated the world’s first openly lesbian bishop in a mainstream denomination Nov. 8.
Eva Brunne, 55, was installed as bishop of Stockholm in a ceremony at Uppsala Cathedral.
She was elected in May, beating a colleague 413-365 in a vote cast by an equal number of clergy and lay people.
Brunne is in a registered partnership with the Rev. Gunilla Linden and they have a 3-year-old son.
Sweden also allows gay couples to marry and, in October, the Church of Sweden general synod voted 176-62 to begin marrying same-sex couples.
About 74 percent of Swedes are members of the church although only 2 percent of them are regular churchgoers.

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