June 11, 2008


Today, the Norwegian Parliament enacted same-sex marriage. The IKEA-like title of this post is Norwegian for "Same-Sex Marriage Law," which conveniently looks like it's pronounced something like "Fellas get loving," a wierdly appropriate sort of translation.

Norway has a state church. Apparently individual clergy get to decide for themselves if they want to preside over the ceremonies, but aside from that, it looks like someone in the Norwegian state church will be obliged to perform these ceremonies. See, this is why separation of church and state is a good thing, all you social conservatives! At least here in the States, the law will not force your church to recognize gay marriages because we distinguish between the government and the church.

But more importantly, gratulerer, norske homofile! And Dale Carpenter at Volokh gets the hat tip on this one.

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