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Christian politician attacked for homophobia. A local politician is in trouble for refusing to rent out his house to a married gay couple. Ståle Solberg of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF) had already agreed to let Ellen and Anette Nyborg and their four children view the property on his farm in Skjeberg, Sarpsborg. After many refusals, it finally seemed as if they would get somewhere to live, but their happiness at potentially securing a property was short-lived.

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Christian politician attacked for homophobia

Published on Sunday, 17th July, 2011 at 22:47 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 17th July 2011 at 22:59.

A local politician is in trouble for refusing to rent out his house to a married gay couple.

Knut Arild Hareide
'Discriminating against a lesbian couple when renting out is unacceptable.'Knut Arild Hareide
Photo: Nordiske Mediedager/Eirik Helland Urke


Ståle Solberg of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF) had already agreed to let Ellen and Anette Nyborg and their four children view the property on his farm in Skjeberg, Sarpsborg.

After many refusals, it finally seemed as if they would get somewhere to live, but their happiness at potentially securing a property was short-lived.

Upon discovering their sexual leaning, however, Mr Solberg changed his mind about renting out the 100 square metre neighbouring house abruptly, saying, “I thought this would raise many potentially problematic issues.

“I think six people sharing would have been slightly too many. The property has two bedrooms, and they said they wanted four. After she [Ellen] made it clear she was a lesbian, it became apparent this was something I did not want. We would have lived on top of one another, and would rather have someone with the same attitudes and values as ours,” he told VG yesterday.

According to NRK, Party leader Knut Arild Hareide called his discriminating attitude “unacceptable”. “KrF was a driving force in establishing a change in legislation to prevent discrimination against gays and lesbians in the housing market whilst we were in government,” he said.

Mr Solberg has since apologised for hurting two peoples’ feelings, but maintains he was correct not to let the out property to the Nyborgs, claiming he was unable to act in a different manner.

The LGBT Association (LLH), which works for the equality of lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender people, says it will be sending a complaint to the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman.

“He [Solberg] fronts a Party that talks about equality and compassion, and the Christian Democratic Party’s programme states that it is opposed to discrimination against gays and lesbians. His own attitude shows something quite different,” Ellen Nyborg told VG.



Published on Sunday, 17th July, 2011 at 22:47 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 17th July 2011 at 22:59.

This post has the following tags: staalesolberg, lesbiandiscrimination, knutarildhareide.





  
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