Journal Article

Sexual Citizenship in Norway

Arnfinn J. Andersen

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 25, issue 1, pages 120-134
Published in print April 2011 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online January 2011 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI:
Sexual Citizenship in Norway

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In Norway until the 1960s, marriage served as a guarantee for the social welfare of women and children, as men were expected to provide for them. As new patterns of cohabitation and partnership began emerging during the 1960s and 1970s, radical changes in the regulation of cohabitation and partnership have been put in place. Gay people started challenging the dominance of heterosexuality and the nuclear family. As a result, sex between men is no longer punishable and gay marriage has been legalised. Also, non-marital cohabitation has come to be recognised by the legal system as increasing numbers of people have chosen this as a first form of cohabitation after leaving the parental home. Nevertheless, marriage legislation has remained the central pillar of sexual citizenship in Norway. This article analyses how the Norwegian state, through parliamentary process, has regulated cohabitation since the early 1970s through to the present time.

Journal Article.  6006 words. 

Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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