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Norway installs gay prime minister, briefly

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  • Norwegian Finance Minister Per-Kristian Foss made history on Friday, according to Reuters, by becoming the first openly gay married man to lead a nation's government, albeit temporarily.

    Foss, who married his male partner earlier this month, was installed as Norway's acting prime minister because both the prime minister and foreign minister were traveling abroad.

    "I think that
    this, perhaps, can have a small impact on the discussion (of gay rights) also in other countries," Foss told Reuters.

    Foss, 52, made headlines around the world when he married longtime partner Jan Erik Knarbakk, a director of Norwegian media group Schibsted ASA.

    Norway became the second country after Denmark to legalize same-sex marriages in 1993. Registered gay and lesbian partnerships have the same rights as heterosexual married couples, except adoption and church weddings.

    Approximately 150 same-sex couples register their partnerships in Norway each year, Reuters reported.

    Posted January 25, 2002

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