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Norwegian Parliament Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Norway's parliament has granted same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children, and granted lesbians the right to be artificially inseminated:

Norway"After a heated debate, the members of parliament adopted the text by a vote of 84 to 41. The three centre-left coalition parties in power and two opposition parties, the Conservatives and the Liberals, voted largely in favour of the law, while the Christian Democrats and the far-right Progress Party voted against it. 'This decision is of an importance comparable to universal suffrage and our law on parity,' Labour Party rapporteur Gunn Karin Gjul said during the debate. The most controversial part of the law is that which gives lesbians the right to be artificially inseminated. The sperm donor must be identified so that the child can seek out his or her biological father at the age of 18."

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  1. Big yay for Norway.

    "The most controversial part of the law is that which gives lesbians the right to be artificially inseminated."

    Um...isn't it their right to begin with, seeing as it's THEIR body?

    Posted by: Chas | Jun 11, 2008 5:43:27 PM


  2. Yay! Finally another EU country that's "controversial" enough to legalize soemthing that's so trivial.

    Posted by: Alfred | Jun 11, 2008 6:04:16 PM


  3. the rest of the world is light years ahead of us in basic human rights ... the military fighting for your freedoms, what a joke..

    Posted by: the queen | Jun 11, 2008 6:08:53 PM


  4. Congratulations to Norway and to the Norwegian people!

    Sweden, Denmark (Greenland) and Iceland should soon follow. Sweden is already in the final stages of passing the same legislation which should be finalized by late summer or early fall.

    Hopefully we in the USA will join you and Holland, Belgium, Spain, Canada and South Africa in the 21st century sometime before the 22nd.

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 11, 2008 6:29:07 PM


  5. Go Norway!!
    Norway has got to be the most libertarian nation on the planet. Just as we speak, I'm watching a documentary about norwegian prisoners who, instead of serving their jail sentence in, well, jail, they actually live on this secluded island where they learn manual labor and live in small communities. No guards, nothing. And this regardless of the crimes they committed!! I thought it was interesting. "Civilized" just took on a whole other meaning!!

    Posted by: Shabaka | Jun 11, 2008 6:54:45 PM


  6. Just an FYI, Denmark won't be passing gay 'marriage' as all their marriages (gay or straight) are considered 'civil unions' if done by the court system (which does them all) then the couple can choose to marry in a religious ceremony but this has not civil rights benefits (just in the eyes of god :)

    Posted by: Dan | Jun 11, 2008 7:28:07 PM


  7. Chas, maybe I'm misreading but I think the controversial part was requirement to identify the sperm donor so he can be sought out.

    Posted by: queendru | Jun 11, 2008 7:59:50 PM


  8. Ah. Haha, thanks Queenie :)

    Posted by: Chas | Jun 11, 2008 8:12:48 PM


  9. I am actually surprised - i though norway already had this. It is a country that I always respected

    Posted by: kevin | Jun 12, 2008 12:11:57 AM


  10. And WE are supposed to be free? All we get is a bald eagle and empty promises.

    Posted by: Ty | Jun 12, 2008 1:59:00 AM


  11. And WE are supposed to be free? All we get is a bald eagle and empty promises.

    Posted by: Ty | Jun 12, 2008 1:59:00 AM

    you forgot the EMPTY words of LIBERTY and Justice for All....it's all a Facade...PURE Hypocracy!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 12, 2008 8:33:48 AM


  12. By the way... Norway is in the EEA but not the EU.

    But yay anyway :)

    Posted by: note | Jun 12, 2008 8:53:59 AM


  13. I think Norway had civil unions prior to this or something equivalent - this legislation creates full equality. Norway is the fourth nation in Europe to permit full gay marriage (the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain came before).

    Posted by: Ben | Jun 12, 2008 9:13:17 AM


  14. Chas--Norway is certainly NOT a member of the EU.

    Posted by: guest | Jun 12, 2008 1:27:15 PM


  15. Sorry DAN but you are incorrect on at least two of your assertions.

    First there is a difference between "marriage" and "civil partnerships" in Denmark and marriages are only available to opposite-sex couples.

    http://www.workindenmark.dk/marriage

    Secondly, civil marriages can be legally officiated by clergy in church ceremonies in MANY European countries; particularly in those countries that have State Churches (ie Sweden, Norway, England).

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 12, 2008 9:36:03 PM


  16. Sorry DAN but you are incorrect on at least two of your assertions.

    First there is a difference between "marriage" and "civil partnerships" in Denmark and marriages are only available to opposite-sex couples.

    http://www.workindenmark.dk/marriage

    Secondly, civil marriages can be legally officiated by clergy in church ceremonies in MANY European countries; particularly in those countries that have State Churches (ie Sweden, Norway, England).

    Posted by: Zeke | Jun 12, 2008 9:38:03 PM


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