Heli Hämäläinen: Defending our faith and marriage
Section 14 (411/1987)
(1) A marriage ceremony shall be performed in the presence of relatives or otherwitnesses either as a religious or a civil ceremony.
(2) A religious ceremony may be performed in an Evangelical Lutheran church or in aGreek Orthodox church or in another religious community to which the Ministry ofEducation has granted a license to perform marriage ceremonies.
(3) Provisions on the registration of licenses to perform marriage ceremonies shall beissued by Decree. (417/1993)
Section 15 (411/1987)
The engaged persons shall be simultaneously present at the marriage ceremony.
After both engaged persons have given the officiator of the ceremony an affirmative answer to the question whether he or she wants to marry the other, the officiator shall pronounce them husband and wife.
Section 16 (411/1987)
(1) In addition to the provisions in section 15, the other conditions and forms of a religious marriage ceremony shall be laid down by the religious community in question.
(2) Provisions on a civil marriage ceremony shall be issued by Decree.
Section 17 (411/1987)
(1) A religious marriage ceremony may be performed by:
(1) in the Evangelical Lutheran church by a priest;
(2) in the Greek Orthodox church by a priest; and
(3) in another religious community by a person who, under the rules of the community, has the right to perform marriage ceremonies.
(2) A civil marriage ceremony shall be performed by:
(1) the Chief Judge of a District Court, a District Judge, and
(2) a District Registrar. (1428/1992)
Section 18 (411/1987)
(1) A marriage ceremony shall not be performed if the officiator is aware of a fact that forms an impediment to the marriage or if the officiator deems that an engaged person is evidently unable to understand the significance of marriage due to his or her disturbed state of mind.
(2) Before performing the marriage ceremony, the officiator shall make sure that the examination of impediments to marriage has been carried out in accordance with the provisions in sections 11—13. If the certificate referred to in section 13 has been issued more than four months before, the marriage ceremony shall not be performed on the basis thereof.
Section 19 (411/1987)
(1) A marriage ceremony shall be void if it has not been performed in accordance with the provisions of section 15 or if the ceremony has been performed by a person without the right to perform marriage ceremonies.
(2) The President of the Republic may, however, for especially weighty reasons decide that a marriage ceremony void under paragraph (1) shall be deemed valid. A petition to this effect may be filed by either of the persons married or, if one of them is dead, by his or her heirs.
This case is not about same-sex marriages. It is about the defence of faith. We are not Catholic. We are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The Catholics are degrading their marriage sacrament when they are demanding divorces in the case of marriages having one transsexual party. Jesus puts it:
"Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen."
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