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The government will ban marriage between close relatives

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A ban on marriage between close relatives can counteract both health damage in children and forced marriage, says Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe (Sp). The government presented a bill on the ban on Friday. Photo: Beate Oma Dahle / NTB

Of NTB | 05/03/2024 12:34:54

Social conditions: The government presented a bill on the ban on Friday.

– The reason is to avoid health damage in children. A ban can also discourage forced marriage, says Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe (Sp).

The police are among those who have given support to such a ban, which the government has emphasized, according to Employment and Inclusion Minister Tonje Brenna (Ap).

– In Norway, people must live safe, good lives. Banning cousin marriage is an important measure to counteract forced marriage, negative social control and cultural practices that mean that women and children live unfree lives, says Brenna.

The bill comes after a parliamentary resolution from November 2020. The government wants to prevent people from traveling abroad to get married.

– To prevent the ban being circumvented, the government proposes that marriages between close relatives entered into under foreign law are not recognized in Norway if at least one of the parties has connections to Norway when the marriage is entered into, says Toppe.

However, an exception rule is proposed that allows you to apply for a dispensation if there are strong reasons to make an exception.

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