Denmark to Allow Same-Sex Marriage Next Year

The Danish government announced plans to legalize same-sex marriage, the Copenhagen Post reports:

DenmarkThe government plans to introduce a bill just after the New Year that will allow same-sex couples to hold weddings in the Church of Denmark and be ‘married’ under Danish law. Same-sex couples are currently allowed to have ‘registered partnerships’, a civil status, but are barred from marriage and church weddings.

“The first same-sex weddings will hopefully become reality in Spring 2012. I look forward to the moment the first homosexual couple steps out of the church. I’ll be standing out there throwing rice,” the new church minister, Manu Sareen, a Social Liberal, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Sareen’s appointment as church minister was one of the more controversial of the new coalition government.

Not surprisingly, certain religious leaders are unhappy:

Some local priests, like Henrik Højlund, who is the parish priest for Løsning and Korning and chairman for the Evangelical Lutheran Network (ELN), however, disagreed with the minister.

“Lots of people are mistaken in thinking that homosexual weddings are just the next step after female priests. But it is much more consequential and beyond the boundaries for normal Christianity,” Højlund told Jyllands-Posten.

“The Church of Denmark is being secularised right up to the alter in a desperate and mistaken attempt to meet modern people halfway,” he said, adding that same-sex marriage would be “fatal for the church”.


  1. tobal says

    @Christinas: no one gives a flying f*ck about your cult and tribal beliefs. This is a civil rights issue. I wouldn’t wanna get married in your church any more so that at a star wars convention. Why is that so hard to understand?

  2. Steve says

    Denmark is one of the most secular countries in the world. The church doesn’t have to say anything. And religion is really little more than a cultural backdrop for most people.

    This is more than overdue. Denmark was the first country that had domestic partnerships in 1989. But conservative governments held things up this long

  3. enough already says

    It’s important to remember that our neighbors to the north are not exactly the most liberal of all countries.
    Which makes this doubly good news.
    As for the few christians spouting their usual hate, ignore them. Here in Western Europe, they are just a group of sociopaths fading into their own black hole of hatred. Another 10 years and the only hateful christians will be in Eastern Europe and the US.

  4. Brian says

    This will happen…..with the new government.
    The debate has gone on for a long time, and most bishops of the Church of Denmark agree to this.
    It has been kind of a joke, that the former minister wouldn’t make the decision. She wanted the bishops to decide, but the have no legislative power, so the ball just went back and forth.
    On a side note. It was very stranger to read about the Danish priest Henrik Højlund as he is the county priest from where I’m from. I’m from Løsning. It is so odd to read about this on an American blog.

  5. DB says

    Hallelujah! Wonderful news that both Christian marriage and legal marriage will finally be open to gay Danes. Hopefully Britain will be next. As an American, the intertwining between the Lutheran Church and the state in Denmark seems bizarre, but either way this is terrific news. God bless Denmark!

  6. Robert in NYC says

    DB, the marriage equality consultation in the UK begins in March 2012. It’s expected to be legalized before the 2015 general election there according to the recent Tory (conservative) party conference two weeks ago.

  7. Keith says

    It gives the idea of a state church a new twist.

    It is unlikely the British Parliament will compel the Anglican church to perform same sex marriage unless the Church synod agrees and that would be unlikely. The die hards in the synod held up the ordination of women for thirty years.

  8. J says

    Churches should be allowed to not perform gay marriages.Why? The only legit marriage in Christianity is between a man and a woman.

  9. says

    I was studying abroad in Denmark for a semester this year. Aside from a few really awesome gay bars and clubs, the LGBT community is really well blended in in Copenhagen.

    As stared above, Denmark was the first country to legalize any sort of same-sex partnership, so it’s really exciting to see them finally take another huge step towards equality.

    It’s such a wonderful little country. The guys, especially, tend to be gorgeous (at least 80% of them). And they are good in bed.

  10. Robert in NYC says

    J….get back to your cave. Civil marriage has absolutely NOTHING to do wtih religious marriage. The state governments own marriage when they issue secular marriage licenses, religious cults do NOT nor do they own marriage which has existed in varying forms long before the Abrahamic cults came along and changed it. Another thing, polygamy is a an entirely heterosexual invention and condoned in the old testament. Islam actually permits it, up to 4 wives at a time, but I don’t hear bigots like you condemning it.