Majority in parliamentary justice committee votes in favor of banning cousin marriage in Norway

Norwegian parliament - StortingetPhoto: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB
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On Thursday, a majority in the justice committee in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) voted to ban cousin marriages. The Labor Party (AP) and the Progress Party (FRP) celebrated the vote as a victory.

The Conservatives’ program committee announced earlier this autumn that it favors the party supporting a ban. 

According to newspaper VG, the Conservatives voted against a ban in the justice committee on Thursday.

“This has been an important issue for the Labor Party and a major breakthrough for women’s freedom and the right to choose who they should live with,” integration policy spokesperson Siri Gåsemyr Staalesen in the Labor Party told the newspaper.

“We have fought for a ban on cousin marriages since the beginning of the 2000s,” FRP’s spokesperson in the committee Per-Willy Amundsen noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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