Norway's gay Health Minister 'to attend Sochi Paralympics with husband'

Bent Hoeie, Norway's health minister, will attend the Sochi Paralympics with his husband, according to reports.

Norway's health minister will attend the Sochi Paralympics with his husband, according to reports.

Health Minister Bent Hoeie, who will be the Norwegian government's official representative at the Paralympic Winter Games, said that it was normal for a cabinet official to travel with a spouse on such an official visit.

"I cannot wait to watch and support all the Norwegian athletes," Hoeie told the Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper. "These are athletes with disabilities who perform at a very high level.

"Having said that, everyone understands what two married men think about gay rights."

The Paralympics will be held in Sochi after the main Games.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with upcoming Olympic games' volunteers in Sochi on January 17, 2014
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