From February 1, the new liturgy to marry same-sex couples applies to the Norwegian church, which means that gay couples may marry in whatever church they choose.
It happens after an expected majority in the General Synod in Trondheim today for the new marriage liturgy. 83 voted for the resolution while 29 voted against it.
- This is a relief, says Ingvild Endestad, head of FRI, Society for sexual diversity, to P4.
It is no more than three years ago since the General Synod last voted on the matter and then said no to that gays and lesbians could get married in church.
Today the last bit came into place when the new liturgy was approved. It should be practiced in parallel with the current marriage liturgy.
- There are people who have been fighting for this for years, there is now a wall that has been torn down between the church and the gays, says Endestad.
Already in 2008, when the new marriage law came, gays got the right to marry on an equal footing as heterosexuals. The church got the right but not the obligation to implement this.
Thus there were many priests who were against the decision, who could say no to marry same-sex couples.
With the new decision of the General Synod priests may still say no, but they can not prevent a gay couple to marry in whatever church they choose.
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