This Is Norway's First Gay Couple To Marry In A Church
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We recently reported that, at long last, The Church of Norway moved to allow same-sex couples to have a religious wedding ceremony in church.
And now, just moments after it was implemented, one couple has already taken advantage of the new rule!
Kjell Frølich Benjaminsen, 63, and his partner Erik Skjelnæs, 70, waited decades to marry, hoping they'd one day have a traditional ceremony.
The Local Norway shares their story:
In the very second that the clock struck midnight and the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s new liturgy allowing gay couples to marry in church weddings came into force, Kjell Frølich Benjaminsen and Erik Skjelnæs tied the knot in Eidskog Church.
A church synod voted on Monday to approve the new liturgy, or service, allowing same-sex couples to get married in the church.
At the stroke of midnight, Benjaminsen and Skjelnæs stood before the altar and made their vows in front of pastor Bettina Eckbo, who led the historic ceremony.
“It was great fun and really cosy to be a part of,” Eckbo told NTB.
The newlyweds have lived together for 36 years – longer than Eckbo has been alive.
“They already represent the values that marriage is about – faithfulness and supporting one another on good days and bad,” she said.
Congratulations to the happy couple!!
H/T: Gay Star News