The text of the lectures
Dr. Hans Ytterberg
Ombudsman against Discrimination of grounds of Sexual Orientation appointed by the Swedish Government
Why Registered Partnership is not Enough – Swedens Way to Same-Sex Marriage
Historic development is a continuous process. It is therefore often difficult to identify a single event, which radically changes the course of history. From this rule there are, of course, exceptions. This is the case also when we look at the development of legal recognition for same-sex relationships. For Sweden’s part such a turning point, law reform wise, came in 1973, when the Government presented Parliament with a bill1 containing proposals for a major reform of the Swedish marriage legislation in which e.g. the rules on annulment of marriage and legal separation were done away with. Some of the older obstacles to marriage were also repealed and a new very liberal divorce legislation was introduced. In that context, little did the Standing Committee on Civil Law Legislation of the Swedish Parliament2 realise the far-reaching effects one and half lines included in its legislative report on this bill would have on the future developments...