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13,000 have resigned from church after vote on equal marriage rights

A mass exodus from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland continued on Sunday, with the number of people leaving the church surpassing the previous records from Friday and Saturday. Eroakirkosta.fi, an online resignation portal, reported that 5,100 people had resigned from the church by 10.20pm on Sunday, equivalent to the number of resignations registered on Saturday and nearly double that registered on Friday.

1.12.2014 13:34

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland has thereby lost roughly 13,000 members after the Parliament on Friday voted 105—92 in favour of granting marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Feedback left by the resigners indicates that the mass exodus can be largely attributed to the supportive comments of Archbishop Kari Mäkinen on equal marriage rights.

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