Norway’s Lutheran Church voted in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.
Last April the annual conference of the Church backed the principle of same-sex marriages, but did not agree on a wording. The decision approved gender-neutral marriage text such as removing the words “bride” and “groom.”
In 2015, the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage.
Norway became the second country in the world after Denmark to allow same-sex registered partnerships in 1993 and it has allowed civil same-sex marriage since 2009.
Some 73 percent of Norwegians were members of the Lutheran Church in 2015, according to the national statistics agency. The number has gradually declined in recent decades.
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…” Luke 17:28.