The Church of Norway said that most of Norway's 12 bishops favor religious same-sex marriage but may settle for a simpler civil ceremony because the issue remains controversial. At a meeting earlier this week eight bishops were in favour of allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, against four of the opposite opinion. However, aware that the question divides the Church, the majority of the bishops advocate a simple blessing of civil unions within a church setting. But that scaled-down option also meets opposition from a minority of bishops. The question has to be agreed upon at the next synod in April 2014. Norway is one of the most liberal countries in Europe when it comes to homosexuality. Same-sex civil marriage and adoptions have been legal since 2009, and the Church of Norway also allows the ordination of homosexuals. Neighbouring Sweden authorised religious same-sex marriage in 2009.Source: AFP << Tibetan Poet's New Book Gives Voice to Dead Protesters Church Exception on Gay Rights Contemplated in Brazil >> Recommended Reading Moldova to Abandon Plans to Ban ‘Gay Propaganda’ for Minors With one eye on gaining entry into the European Union, the Moldavian government revealed that it will not be imposing a ban on the promotion of homosexuality to minors. READ MORE Montenegro to Host Another Gay Pride Parade in October Despite Violent Attacks The Organizers of Gay Pride parade revealed that they will be launching another march in late October in the Montenegrin capital city of Podgorica. READ MORE Foreigners Turn to New Zealand for Gay Marriages More than 80 homosexuals have turned to New Zealand for their marriage after the law legalizing gay marriage was passed on a month ago, statistics reveal READ MORE Magnets’ Repelling Nature Forms Basis of Nigerian Student’s Conclusion That Gay Marriages are Wrong A Nigerian post-graduate student has made use of bar magnet's repelling nature to 'demonstrate' that gay marriage is scientifically wrong. READ MORE Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Meditation therapy is one of the best Alternative Therapies. It is a Mind-Body Medicine. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Selfie Addiction Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Color Blindness Calculator More News on: Benefits of Meditation / Meditation TherapyIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?