When I was growing up, my friend's mom had a sticker on the back of her minivan that said "Happiness is Being Swedish." If The Knife, Ikea, and meatballs weren't enough to convince you of the truth of that statement, here is a new reason for you: Same-sex marriage is now officially legal in Sweden!
Earlier today, the Swedish Parliament approved adoption of same-sex marriage legislation by an overwhelming majority. Starting on May 1, same-sex couples will be able to legally marry, instead of just joining in civil union (which has been legal in Sweden since 1995).
So, congratulations to all you Swedes out there! Let's just hope that the rest of the world wises up and follows in your progressive footsteps. We have welcomed your easy-to-assemble-yet-stylish furniture into our homes, so why not your marriage laws as well?
What do you think of this legislation? Why do you think it passed in Sweden, but has as of yet failed to pass in the United States? And is it just me, or do Swedish people all seem to be so forward-thinking, good looking, and capable of producing amazing films and pop music? And now they can all get married, too! Lucky.