It’s a good day to be gay in Norway! The nation’s parliament voted 84-41 today to legalize gay marriage and adoption, a direct reflection of the public’s progressive politics. Here’s the nitty-gritty:
Norway’s parliament on Wednesday adopted a new marriage law that allows homosexuals to marry and adopt children and permits lesbians to be artificially inseminated.
After a heated debate, the members of parliament adopted the text by a vote of 84 to 41.
The three centre-left coalition parties in power and two opposition parties, the Conservatives and the Liberals, voted largely in favour of the law, while the Christian Democrats and the far-right Progress Party voted against it.
Norway thus became the sixth country in the world to grant homosexuals the right to marry on an equal footing with heterosexuals, according to Norwegian television TV2.
The most controversial part of the law is that which gives lesbians the right to be artificially inseminated. The sperm donor must be identified so that the child can seek out his or her biological father at the age of 18.
Yeah, a barely legal bastard child sounds bad, but then you can just have them make up for all the chores they missed!