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Norway Likely to Approve Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption

Norway looks set to become the next nation to approve same-sex marriage as well as adoption if new legislation proposed today is adopted.

NorwayAgence France Presse reports: "According to the Norwegian news agency NTB, the draft bill will probably receive the support of parliament, where the government holds 97 of 169 seats, when it comes to permitting gay marriage and adoption. It was however less clear if parliament would back in vitro fertilisation for lesbians, NTB said...The law proposal was voted through at a cabinet meeting, but two centrist members of government expressed their opposition to making artificial insemination accessible to women living in lesbian relationships."

Said Children and Equality minister Anniken Huitfeldt: "The lives of homosexual and of heterosexual couples are worth the same. The new law is not a weakening of the institution of marriage; rather it represents a strengthening. The value of marriage does not decrease because more people gain access to it."

Gays should be allowed to wed, adopt: Norway [afp]

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  1. I'm shocked Norway hadn't already passed it. And what all their concern is about lesbians using invitro fertization is, I don't get. Nor do I get how they'd stop lesbians from doing that...

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 14, 2008 3:25:32 PM


  2. "Ja, vi elsker dette landet" -

    Posted by: Olaf- | Mar 14, 2008 3:34:29 PM


  3. Probably again that European objection to children for gay people in general. More states than European countries allow gay adoptions, while they seem to have hardly any problem at all with same sex marriages. Given that much of the argument for/against marriage here is about children, it's odd that they see the two as so separable.

    Can you imagine if our lawmakers suggested, "sure, go ahead and get married, but don't think about having kids!"??

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Mar 14, 2008 3:43:50 PM


  4. Anniken Huitfeldt makes the most intelligent and sane statement i've ever heard about gay marriage.

    Posted by: the queen | Mar 14, 2008 3:44:22 PM


  5. I didn't know the government - any government had the right to govern what any woman stuck in their piesh, as long as they weren't doing in public.

    I don't understand what would prevent a lesbian, anywhere in the world, from walking into a private clinic and being inseminated if she wanted. Are there such laws? What can the legal basis for that be? I can't think of one...

    I'm confused.

    Posted by: David B. | Mar 14, 2008 4:01:14 PM


  6. I'm guessing that the law probably just doesn't recognize the "other lesbian", the one who didn't get inseminated, as a parent of the child.

    Posted by: Butter | Mar 14, 2008 4:04:19 PM


  7. I don't see the connection between gay marriage and having children. In fact I have no understanding whatsoever why gay people would even consider having children - or going through whatever bizarre mechanisms it takes for two people of the same gender to get hold of a child. A child that is never going to truly be a part of both of you either.

    In fact I would even argue that the children thing shows how little we believe in gay relationships - as if even we don't believe they have any value unless you stick a kid in there somewhere.

    Childlessness is definitely one of the perks. Leave all that to the breeders, bad as they are at it.

    Posted by: Peter Rivendell | Mar 14, 2008 4:25:33 PM


  8. Peter: I don't have children, and I don't want children, but why should that mean that gay parents who have children, by whatever methods, should not be recognized as the family they are? Are straight parents who adopt not considered true parents? Are straight women who conceive thru in vitro fertilization not considered "part of" their children? Just because something is a "perk" for you, don't presume that every gay person should share your attitude.

    The Europeans (some of them) have this bizarre attitude that marriage is fine for gay people, yet parenting is a straight thing. While, in fact, many gay people who marry wish to have children, and they should have every right to do so without the fear of having inadequate parental rights.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 14, 2008 5:25:18 PM


  9. Peter Rivendell, some people should leave their own embittered perspectives on the world in the closet along with their sub-culture notions that being homosexual means to resist conformity, no matter what the reason.

    To say that "we" don't believe in our own relationships is absurd and contrarian. To obfuscate the realities of life by choosing to demonize heterosexuality, child birth and human reproduction historically is simply shooting yourself in the foot...or more preferable, in the face.

    Agreed, some people, by way of sexual orientation, bring forth life without the slightest clue how to carry out the job, but if that was your own plight, you have my deepest sympathies.

    Childlessness is not a "perk", it is a choice, of which, many of us have been legally denied. "We" are not a lump sum existence and some of us need to step up to the plate and raise undamaged human beings that might actually do something worthy and positive for the world instead of muttering insipid rants about the scourge of children.

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Mar 14, 2008 5:27:23 PM


  10. "The lives of homosexual and of heterosexual couples are worth the same. The new law is not a weakening of the institution of marriage; rather it represents a strengthening. The value of marriage does not decrease because more people gain access to it."

    Oh my god how concise and brilliant. When is America getting a Minister of Equality? Please???

    Posted by: strepsi | Mar 14, 2008 6:12:57 PM


  11. "...why gay people would even consider having children - or going through whatever bizarre mechanisms it takes for two people of the same gender to get hold of a child. A child that is never going to truly be a part of both of you either." -- PETER RIVENDELL

    I had to repost that statement just so that everyone here could get a second look at it.

    PETER, I am going to assume that you are not a troll just here trying to enrage those of us who are gay partners and co-parents of wonderful children.

    First, let me say in response to your comment (and this is COMPLETELY out of my character), you are one incredibly ignorant, self-centered and classless asshole.

    Children are certainly not for everyone and not for every couple (gay or straight) but a person's sexual orientation or same sex gender coupling should not be a legal, social or even psychological barrier to them pursuing the dream of having a child if they so choose.

    What about adoptive parents (straight and gay)? Does your thoughtless and hurtful comment apply to them as well; or just to the gay ones?

    I OFTEN think that it's a shame that more STRAIGHT people don't have to go (in YOUR words) "through whatever bizarre mechanisms it takes for two people of the same gender to get hold of a child". If they did, we would have fewer unwanted pregnancies, fewer unwanted children, fewer abused children, fewer neglected children, fewer hungry children and fewer abandoned children that end up in orphanages or foster homes waiting desperately for some kind hearted, compassionate and loving individual or couple (straight or gay) to come along to give him/her a good home IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT, as you say, "the child [is] never going to truly be a part of both of [them]."

    Your conclusion that a homosexual orientation is, or should be, mutually exclusive of a desire to have children is truly one of the MOST ignorant opinions that I have EVER read here at Towleroad.

    I sincerely hope that you made that comment before giving it much thought and that it, upon reflection, isn't your current belief.

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 14, 2008 6:15:33 PM


  12. I still don't understand why Florida is the only state that prohibits gay adoption. Gay people should boycott the Florida until they change this idiotic law!

    Posted by: RobCA | Mar 14, 2008 7:40:14 PM


  13. Robca: Florida is the only state that doesn't allow adoption by even single gay people. Utah and Mississippi don't allow adoption by gay couples.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Mar 15, 2008 11:40:54 AM


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