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A heteronormative circle

When Norway places the same demands on divorced and heterosexual refugees, we continue discriminatory practices.


The vast majority of refugees who come to Norway and who are granted asylum come from countries that prohibit same-sex marriage. In some countries, homosexuality is also at risk of death. Norway is using other countries' discriminatory legislation in the face of strange refugees, and does not want to change this – despite the fact that through our own legislation we have undertaken not to discriminate either directly or indirectly.

Family reunification requires the establishment of family life before the flight to Norway. Thus, one should either be legally married, be able to document cohabitation for at least two years, or have children together to satisfy the requirements for family reunification. Separate refugees therefore have no real right to family reunification with their partners. The fact that they did not have equal rights as heterosexuals in the country they fled from, means that they also do not receive equal rights in Norway.

The practice completely goes against the development we have had otherwise when it comes to gay couples' rights in Norway in recent years: We have a new marriage law, and the church meeting passed this spring. . .

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