For the first time one of the heads of the Norwegian Church will take part in the Oslo Pride on Saturday. Christian Democratic Party leader Knut Arild Hareide will also show his support for gays in the parade.
– I expect that there will be people who find it hard to take that I, the recently elected leader of the Church Council, take part in this, Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum says Dagen.
She does not deny that she expects that there will be reactions to this.
– As the head of the National Council I have be in the parade. There is no doubt in my mind. This is a moral obligation for me, she says.
KrF leader Knut Arild Hareide also believes it is both natural and important to participate in the parade. It is the first time a KrF leader is attending a gay parade in Norway.
– In 2016it should be unnecessary to show that you are against violence and hate crimes against gays. We should have come further than that in our society . But unfortunately, we haven’t.
The incident in Orlando shook us all. Participating in Oslo Pride parade this Saturday, I will show my support, he says to Dagen.
The Armed Forces will also take part in Oslo Pride Parade, and they will also have a stand at Pride Park in Spikersuppa in Oslo from Wednesday to Saturday.
Oslo Pride is celebrated from 17 to 26. June and this year’s parade will be held on Saturday. Solidarity is the theme of this year’s Oslo Pride.
On Wednesday, the Mayor of Oslo, Marianne Borgen raised the rainbow flag on City Hall Square to mark the occasion of Oslo Pride.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today