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The couple argued that a same-sex marriage entered into in accordance with Canadian law should be recognised in Sweden, despite the fact that there was no legal basis for it under then current Swedish law.
On 18 December 2008, the Court ruled that the Swedish Tax Authority did not break any rules as the definition of marriage under Swedish law was at the time the union of one man and one woman, and that same-sex relationships were to be recognised as a registered partnership.
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They said there is no validity in the argument that same-sex marriage would threaten opposite-sex marriage because a gender-neutral marriage would have no greater impact on society than the current law and argued it was simply a matter of principle and equality.
For the opposition, they saw it as a threat to the symbolic value of marriage.
Existing registered partnerships remain in force and can be converted to a marriage if the parties so desire, either through a written application or through a formal ceremony.
From 1988 to 2003, there were two different laws, one for opposite-sex couples and one for same-sex couples, which have since been united into a single law.These were the Left Party, the Greens, the Social Democrats, the liberal Peoples' Party, the Moderates (Swedish Conservatives) and the Centre Party.The Christian Democrats opposed the idea, while the conservative/liberal Moderates signed on their support at their party congress in 2007.On 22 October 2009, the governing board of the Church of Sweden, voted 176–62 Registered partnership was granted in Sweden in 1995.It was approved in June 1994 by a vote of 171–141 and took effect on 1 January 1995.