Saturday, November 20, 2004

Gay 'Marriage' Losing Even in Norway

Christian Conservatives Trumping Gay "Marriage" even in Norway

OSLO, November 19, 2004 ( - Norway's parliament voted Thursday to reject a proposal to make same-sex "marriage" legal.

The measure, tabled by the Socialist Left (SV) Party in March, sought to eliminate all reference to gender in the country's marriage laws. Norway currently allows civil union arrangements for same-sex couples.

The measure was voted down, largely because of opposition from Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik's Christian Democrat Party. Bondevik is also a Lutheran minister.

The Agence France Presse pointed out, however, that same-sex couples can already have children, because lax laws in Denmark allow for artificial insemination from anonymous donors.

Deputy Ulf Erik Knudsen acknowledged that "children grow up in better conditions when they have a mother and father as role models."