Dag Terje Solvang and husband Bent Høie, Norway’s minister of Health and Care Services.
Norway’s Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, has decided to comment on the Russian propaganda laws by taking his husband, advertising exec Dag Terje Solvang, to Sochi.
Bent Høie, who holds a position in the Norwegian government comparable to our Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, waved his status like a red cape before a bull, daring the Russians to object. Minister Høie doubled down on his strategy, telling Norway’s Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper, that it is a normal for a cabinet minister to travel with a spouse on an official visit.
“It’s natural to take Dag Terje along when attending this type of event,” Minister Høie told reporters. “Having said that, everyone understands what two married men think about gay rights.”
Minister Høie is Norway’s official representative to the Paralympics Games that will be held in March after the close of the Olympics. As Health Minister, he has long had an interest in the Paralympics Games, regularly posting photographs on his Facebook page from his visits to the athletes as they trained. It would be hard for the Russians to argue his interest was purely political.
“I cannot wait to watch and support all the Norwegian athletes.” Minister Høie said. “These are athletes with disabilities who perform at a very high level.”
Minister Høie and his husband Dag Terje Solvang, plan to arrive in Sochi today, expecting to be received like any other foreign minister and his spouse would be. Stay tuned for the Russian response.
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