(Reuters)— Norway’s Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of new ceremonial language that will allow its pastors to conduct same-sex marriages, bringing it into line with several other mainstream Protestant denominations abroad.
Last April the annual conference of the Church—to which nearly three quarters of Norwegians said in 2015 they belonged—backed the principle of same-sex marriages, but did not agree on a wording.
Monday’s decision involved modifying the marriage text to make it gender-neutral, removing the words “bride” and “groom”. The new liturgy will come into effect on Wednesday.
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