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Religious Gay Marriages Favored by Most Norwegian Bishops

by Kathy Jones on October 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM
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 Religious Gay Marriages Favored by Most Norwegian Bishops

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.

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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.
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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
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