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High-profile Norway homosexual couple travel to Sochi. Conservative (H) Health Minister Bent Høie and his husband defy Russian anti-homosexual laws. “We’re looking forward to travelling and cheering on all the Norwegian athletes who will participate,” Minister Høie told Aftenbladet, Monday. He and husband Dag Terje Solvang, general manager and advisor at Stavanger-based advertising agency Melvær og Lien, will be there from 14th to 16th March to see the Paralympics.

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High-profile Norway homosexual couple travel to Sochi

Published on Monday, 3rd February, 2014 at 20:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th February 2014 at 14:40.

Conservative (H) Health Minister Bent Høie and his husband defy Russian anti-homosexual laws.

Bent Høie
The Minister of Health and Care Services holidng a speech at Oslo's Rikshospitalet.Bent Høie
Photo: Ministry of Health Care Services/Flickr


“We’re looking forward to travelling and cheering on all the Norwegian athletes who will participate,” Minister Høie told Aftenbladet, Monday.

He and husband Dag Terje Solvang, general manager and advisor at Stavanger-based advertising agency Melvær og Lien, will be there from 14th to 16th March to see the Paralympics.

“It’s natural to take Dag Terje along when attending this type of event,” said the Minister, who will be the Norwegian government’s representative whilst there. “That said, everyone understands what two men who are married think about gay rights.”

Russia’s anti-gay legislation has been much-reported since incumbent President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial bill banning the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors" in June last year.

The country also has violent groups that target gay men and lesbian women. The UK’s Channel Four will be screening its documentary ‘Hunted’ during its ‘Dispatches’ programme at 10pm GMT, Wednesday.

Several prominent world politicians have also said they will be boycotting the Sochi Winter Olympics, scheduled for between 7th and 23rd February, in protest at the legislation. These include French President François Hollande, and Germany’s President Joachim Gauk.

US President Barack Obama refuses to participate in an official US boycott of Sochi – which would prevent American athletes participating – but he says he is not going. Neither is Vice-President Jo Biden nor the First Lady Michelle Obama.

Other lesbian/gay US athletes are going to Sochi as part of the delegation, however. They are Billie Jean King, former No.1 professional tennis player, ice hockey player Catilin Cahow, and figure skater Brian Boitano.

Bård Nylund, leader of the Norwegian LGBT Association (LLH), said to Aftenbladet he believes Norwegian politicians going to Sochi have a responsibility to communicate many Norway residents’ strong reactions against human rights violations and anti-gay legislation.

“It’s nice that Bent Høie is taking Dag Terje along with him, but he should say something explicitly to his Russian colleagues if he gets the opportunity during his visit to Sochi. That much should be expected,” adds Mr Nylund, mentioning how far Norway has come regarding rights for homosexuals.

Same sex marriages have been allowed in Norway since 2009.




Published on Monday, 3rd February, 2014 at 20:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th February 2014 at 14:40.

This post has the following tags: gayrightsnorway, sochi2014, norwaylesbianrights, transsexualrightsnorway, norwaydiscrimination.





  
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