Posted July 31, 2019 17:21:37 The Finns are back in the news again.
Last week, the country’s national parliament adopted a resolution to decriminalize homosexuality, an idea that has been controversial in Finland for years.
But a new report published by a new think tank argues that the government has gone a little overboard.
“I think there is something weird about it, because we’re still very much in the ‘I have to be straight’ camp,” says the report’s co-author, Risto J. Jääskeläinen, a professor at the University of Helsinki.
“It’s not just that we’re now talking about a new phenomenon, it’s also that we seem to be talking about the acceptance of gay people, too.”
In other words, the debate about what it means to be Finns has moved beyond the traditional divide between traditionalist Christians and gay people.
It’s now a debate between liberals and traditionalists.
“In the past, this debate has been about gay people as a group,” Jäi says.
“Now, I think we’re talking about individuals.”
While it’s possible that the new report is a little out of touch, Jäijäslinen thinks it is worth exploring the debate.
“There are many ways of approaching the question of homosexuality, and this report could be a good starting point,” he says.
The Finnish Parliament voted in March to decriminalise homosexuality in line with the countrys constitutional position on the issue.
This is the first time the parliament has adopted such a measure in nearly a century.
The resolution came about after a petition of more than 100,000 people from around the country.
The majority of the petitioners were against the change.
They argued that homosexuality was still against the law, and that it was dangerous.
However, the resolution has gained a lot of traction, gaining widespread support in the country, even though there are still strong opposition from the far right.
“What has changed, I would say, is that there is a sense that homosexuality is something that people can be and should be ashamed of, and it is something to be avoided at all costs,” Jüri Teuheminen, a political scientist at the Technical University of Finland, told the Finnish broadcaster SVT.
Jüi, however, is more optimistic.
“Even if the vote is not the most important thing, this has been an important development for the Finns, because they seem to have taken the initiative in the last few months,” he said.
“For a long time, they’ve been trying to do this through legislation and through referendums, but these days it seems that there’s a more active opposition.”
The Finnish government is trying to get the debate out of the closet.
The government is now conducting a national consultation on whether to move the law forward, which could be completed by the end of the year.
If the government decides to take the initiative, the new legislation would be introduced in the first legislative session of 2019.