Congratulations to the happy couple :)
Hello, i am a humanist celebrant and conducted my first lesbian ceremony last month down here in algarve at a private villa;
“New legislation on same-sex marriage which came into force in January amended the definition of civil marriage in Norway to make it gender neutral and extended parenting rights for gay and lesbian couples…..The Church of Norway is allowed, but not compelled, to bless same-sex marriages”.
As I read that, this sounds an excellent situation. Keep religious ceremonies for the churches, who may or may not agree to perform same sex marriages, and have civil marriage for everybody. Civil marriage is no business of the churches as it’s a totally secular ceremony. if the State deems same sex couples equal – which, of course, they are – then state institutions like marriage should be extended to them.
Iris has the right idea. And congratulations to Cecilia and Janne.
Wonderful story – and let’s end this stupidity they call religion!
Iris, you’re so right. Doesn’t this vindicate those of us who know that civil unions/partnerships are NOT equal to marriage. The anti-marriage haters in our LGBT community are in denial when they insist that they are. If that were the case, they wouldn’t be referred to as unions or partnerships, what is the point if its not about segregation under a different name? If Norway figured it out, along with Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Spain, South Africa and Canada, then it doesn’t say much for those countries where same-sex marriage is banned or not allowed. Marriage is and always will be the gold standard, anywhere in the world whether same-sex marriage is recognised or not. These unions or partnerships signify nothing to much of the world, and most straights don’t even have a clue as to what they really mean let alone signify, but marriage they most certainly do. That will NEVER change and rightly so.