Fifty Years On, Norway Apologises for Law That Criminalised Gay Sex

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04/21/2022

OSLO (Reuters) – The Norwegian government formally apologised to gay men on Wednesday for a law that once criminalised sexual intercourse between men. Some 119 individuals were convicted and sent to jail between 1902 and 1950 under a law that was abolished 22 years later, on April 21, 1972. On the eve of the anniversary of its abolition, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said the government was issuing an official apology for the law. “Through legislation, but also through a network of sanctions, we as a nation and society made it clear that we did not accept queer love. The government wishes to apologise for that,” Stoere said.

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