2 November 2015
Over in Europe Bishops from the Church of Norway have voted to back marriage equality. The bishops voted unanimously to allow same-sex couples to marry in religious ceremonies conducted by church officials.
After several days of meetings, the 12 bishops have called for a synod to be called to allow new rules in order that religious services could be conducted for both same-sex and heterosexual couples.
It must be noted that last year the synod rejected a similar proposal.
"I am extremely satisfied that we succeeded in coming together over this measure," Helga Haugland Byfuglien, head of the bishop's conference, told agency NTB.
The proposed rule would allow individual pastors the right to refuse to conduct a ceremony for gay couples should they choose.
Civil unions for same-sex couples have been legal in Norway since 2009.