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The Church of Norway has voted to allow same-sex couples to get married within its Churches.

The Churches move which has been described as historic means that same-sex weddings can commence immediately in all churches throughout Norway.

Similarly to many other religious organisations, the Church of Norway has allowed priests and other Church staff to refrain from participating, should they wish.


Norway is considered to be very liberal in regards to LGBTI rights and became the first country in the world to enact an anti-discrimination law protecting homosexuals in certain areas.


Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in Norway since 1972 in conjunction with the age of consent becoming equal regardless of gender and/or sexual orientation, at 16.

LGBT people are able to serve openly in the Norwegian Armed Forces and have had full rights and anti-discrimination protections since 1979.

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2009, Norway’s Prime Minster offered her support in allowing same-sex couples to marry in the nation’s Churches.

Church of Norway

Last Updated on Nov 3, 2015

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