The Equality Train just keeps on trucking... this time internationally!
According to Aftenposten:
The Norwegian government put forth a long-expected gay marriage bill on Friday, clearing the way for homosexual couples to secure the same marriage rights as heterosexuals.
Norway already has a so-called "partnership law" that has allowed homosexuals to form legal domestic partnerships. Now they likely will be able to marry, with all the rights that entails, since the government has a majority in parliament and the law is expected to win approval.
The new government minister in charge of children's and family issues, Anniken Huitfeldt, called the proposed law "an historic step towards equality." She said the goal of the law is to demonstrate that homosexual and heterosexual couples are equal under the law.
"The new law won't weaken marriage as an institution," Huitfeldt claimed. "Rather, it will strengthen it. Marriage won't be worth less because more can take part in it."
The bill will also ensure that same-sex couples have parental rights- for example it makes sure the children of lesbian couples will have two legal parents from the birth. It also gives same-sex couples the same adoption rights as heterosexual couples.
Many think this bill move could have a ripple effect for marriage equality in other European countries.
It is good to see other countries stepping up with strong statements about all couples being equal under the law. Now if we could only get our own government and officials to understand what Anniken Huitfeldt so eloquently said...
(h/t Pam's House Blend)