Church of Norway Votes in Favor of Homosexual Ordination

By Maria Mackay Christian Post Correspondent Mon, Nov. 19 2007 08:14 AM ET

The Lutheran Church of Norway has voted in favor of allowing members in same-sex partnerships to serve in ordained ministry.

The 50-34 vote on Friday came near the end of a difficult week of debate on the issue during the church body’s General Synod, held last Tuesday to Saturday.

The Church of Norway, to which 83 percent of Norwegians are members, remains deeply divided over homosexuality, with many feeling that the acceptance of homosexuals as clergy goes against Scripture.

Last Friday’s compromise vote was a testimony of the lack of clear consensus over homosexuality within the state church of Norway. continue reading

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