First gay church wedding served in Norway

Moscow, February 1, 2017

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In 2014 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway voted 64-51 against gay marriages, but just two years later the Bishops’ Conference approved 88-32. On Monday, January 30 the denomination officially adopted a new liturgical service for gay weddings, reports The Local.

Precisely at midnight on February 1, when the gay wedding service went into effect, Norway’s first homosexual church wedding was served.

Kjell Frølich Benjaminsen and Erik Skjelnæs were “married” in an Eidskog Church by pastor Bettina Eckbo. “It was great fun and really cosy to be a part of,” the woman pastor said.

According to the church’s recent decision, any pastor is free to refuse to celebrate the gay marriage liturgy which removes the words “bride” and “bridegroom” and certain passages of Scripture. Despite certain opposition within the church to the new ritual, Bishop of Oslo Ole Christian Kvarme believes even the pain of this decision cannot divide the Church.

Gay couples have been able to register in Norway since 1993, to adopt since 2002, and to be married since 2009. The Norwegian church also allows the ordination of homosexuals.

Editor's note: We have updated the picture with this article to accurately represent the group of clergy who were involved in making this recent decison.


Nick tsilimidos2/2/2017 7:48 am
In hell they will rott! It states in holly scriptures that at the end of days the church will not be holly any more. It will be the whore of whores!
george2/2/2017 12:06 am
Sondre Overby2/1/2017 7:16 pm
With all due respect, using this photo for this case is completely out of place. The priests and bishops in this photo belong to the churches that have strongly OPPOSED the liberal agenda in Norway. Please exchange it for a different one!
Rev Robert M Rainis, STS2/1/2017 6:49 pm
WRONG Lutheran Bishops are pictured !!! Please correct
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