Norway’s state Lutheran Church voted in favor of allowing same-sex weddings in their venues today. The tally was 88-32.
Norway will join the other Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Denmark, in blessing same-sex unions inside the state church.
Last weekend, 15 of the 23 committee members called for the Norwegian Church to allow all couples to marry in the church on the weekend and the final vote in the Bishops’ Conference on Monday was celebrated by the group Open People’s Church who campaigned for the change in the local Lutheran liturgy.
Although each priest is allowed a choice of whether or not to perform same-sex weddings, couples are guaranteed a spot in their local church and will be assigned a replacement officiator if necessary.
-Gratulerer fra Perchy!