It’s official: Homosexuals can marry in church

The government body for The Norwegian Church voted as expected on Monday in favour of a new wedding liturgy that can be used in same-sex marriages. It means that same-sex marriages can be held in the church from February 1, with proponents calling the vote “joyful” and “historic.” It came just three years after a […]

Police hike patrols around Oslo Pride

Police in Oslo have decided to raise their presence around the Oslo Pride festival set to begin this weekend. The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando has boosted the need for more preparedness, says Inspector Johan Fredriksen of the Oslo Police District. “We have had a high presence at this event earlier,” Fredriksen told […]

Church confirms same-sex marriages

The bishops of The Norwegian Church (Den Norske Kirke) announced on Friday that they had given their blessing to the creation of a new liturgy for use in marriage ceremonies between people of the same sex. Advocates of chuch-recognized homosexual marriage called it “an historic breakthrough.” The move was expected, after church elections in September resulted […]

‘Rimi-Hagen’ comes out of the closet

Stein Erik “Rimi” Hagen, who made his fortune establishing the Rimi grocery store chain in Norway, has long been one of Norway’s wealthiest and most high-profile businessmen. Now he’s also emerging as a champion of gay rights, and has confirmed publicly that it took him years to realize he was gay himself. Hagen, the chairman of industrial firm Orkla […]

Church cleared to wed homosexuals

Results of a national election held last week to select new delegates to the governing body of The Norwegian Church have been streaming in, and setting off cheers among gay rights advocates. A majority has emerged among those keen to allow the church to perform gay marriages. Newspaper Vårt Land reported earlier this week that 61 of the 116 delegates elected […]

New bishop won’t wed homosexuals

Per Arne Dahl, the newest of Oslo’s 12 bishops, finally took a stand Monday on whether he’d perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. Dahl, long a celebrity clergyman through Norwegian media, chose to make his position known in his area’s local newspaper in Tønsberg, and said he would not. “It’s nothing new that I stand for the classic […]

Oslo Pride ends with its (un)traditional parade

After a week of Gay Pride events in Oslo, the thousands of people taking part were also gearing up for their annual large parade through the streets of the Norwegian capital on Saturday. It was expected to attract both homo- and heterosexuals alike. The events, known collectively as Oslo Pride 2015, have attracted people from all […]

Pride filled the streets of Oslo

Tens of thousands of people turned out Saturday to either watch or march in the annual gay pride parade through downtown Oslo – or do both. The event climaxed a week of events tied to the EuroPride festival that already had attracted thousands to the Norwegian capital, with Saturday’s parade unfolding as a celebration of diversity and tolerance. […]

EuroPride 2014 photo special

Music, smiles and all the colours of the rainbow highlighted this year’s gay pride parade through downtown Oslo. See how tens of thousands of people made a point of being proud of who they are, while others cheered them on.  [flgallery id=129 /] ALL PHOTOS: Click here to read our news report from EuroPride

Record turnout expected for gay pride parade

Organizers of the gay pride parade on Saturday, marking the climax of this week’s EuroPride festival in Oslo, were expecting record participation. The parade was to start in Oslo’s Grønland district at 1pm and wind through the city and up the main drag of Karl Johans Gate. “Last year there were more than 12,500 people in the parade, and […]