After 20 years of of discussion, Norway's main church today (April 11, 2016) voted by an overwhelming majority to allow same-sex marriage, according to the Euro News website.
The decision was backed by 88 of the 115 delegates at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Trondheim.
Under the new rules, priests who do not want to marry a same-sex couple will still have the right to object.
Those against the decision say the Bible defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. At present, gay marriage is possible in Sweden, Denmark and a number of Anglo-Saxon congregations around the world.