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Gay Couple Receive Senior Political Posts

March 25, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

The Norwegian government has broken new ground in its acceptance of homosexuality by appointing a gay couple to senior political posts. Labor Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who came to power last week, named Vidar Ovesen deputy finance minister. Stoltenberg earlier chose Ovesen's domestic partner, Anders Hornslien, to be his successor in parliament. A spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry said Ovesen and Hornslien had signed a partnership pact, under which gay couples have almost the same legal rights as married couples.

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