STOCKHOLM (AFP) – Brides in Stockholm who want their
fathers to walk them down the aisle are likely to be told it
can’t be done, as some pastors are refusing to allow the practice
they say is sexist, a pastor said on Friday.

“In Sweden we have worked hard in many different ways to
eliminate everything that is unequal,” a Lutheran Church vicar in
the Stockholm region, Yvonne Hallin, told AFP.

She said she would not allow the custom in her parish, and noted
that Stockholm’s bishop issued a recommendation in 2003 that
pastors discourage it.

Couples who marry “are equal when it comes to finances,
politics, values … but when they come to the church … the
woman suddenly turns into a man’s property,” she said.

Hallin said she has informed a father who was to walk his daughter down the aisle on Saturday that he would not be doing so.

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