Renegotiating the Role of Majority Churches in Nordic Parliamentary Debates on Same-Sex Unions
2016 (English)In: Journal of Church and State, ISSN 0021-969X, E-ISSN 2040-4867, Vol. 58, no 1, 80-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, a case study is used to analyse how the position of the majority churches is expressed in Nordic parliamentary debates on same-sex unions and to discuss the results in relation to theories on functional differentiation contextualised through socio-cultural factors. In the study, the degree of references to the majority churches in the debates is analysed and to what degree Members of Parliament support the role of the majority churches as performers of legally binding weddings. It is also analysed to what degree the majority churches directly and indirectly are used as authorities to strengthen the claims for or against same-sex unions. In the conclusion, these debates are understood as a re-negotiation of the role of the majority churches due to their ability to continuously function through performance and as public utilities. Meanwhile, socio-cultural factors are also used to explain differences in how the role of the majority churches is referred to in the parliamentary debates on same-sex unions in the different countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 58, no 1, 80-97 p.
church, state, Nordic, Scandinavian, same-sex union, homosexuality, politics, parliament
Research subject Sociology of Religion
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-240750DOI: 10.1093/jcs/csu103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-240750DiVA: diva2:777066
ProjectsNORELImpact of Religion
FunderNordic Council of Ministers