Norway has announced plans to open marriage to same-sex couples. The nation has had a domestic partnership registry since 1993 that gives gay couples some of the same rights as marriage.
Anniken Huitfeldt, the Minister of Children and Equality, said:
Letting gay couples marry won't weaken marriage as an institution; rather, it will strengthen it. Marriage won't be worth less because more can take part in it.
The new law would permit same-sex couples to marry in churches, adopt children, and receive state-funded medical assistance in getting pregnant.