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Denmark to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the country plans to legalize same-sex marriage on June 15, BNO News reports:

DenmarkDenmark was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex unions in 1989 but, despite a generally tolerant society towards homosexuality, politicians repeatedly rejected bills to legalize same-sex marriage. The previous Danish government also rejected a same-sex marriage bill last year.

But Thorning said the Danish government will submit a draft legislation on Wednesday which will allow same-sex couples to get married at both City Hall and the Church of Denmark if they find a priest who is willing to perform the wedding. Although some church leaders have spoken out against same-sex marriage, previous surveys have suggested that as many as 70 percent of priests are willing to marry same-sex couples.

Said Thorning: "It will be up to each priest whether he or she will perform gay marriages, but the government gives all members of the church the right to get married in church, whether they want to marry a person of the opposite or same sex."

Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden as well as parts of the U.S., Mexico and Brazil have marriage equality.

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  1. So happy the Nordic Countries lead to the right direction.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 14, 2012 3:13:46 PM


  2. Cheers to that. Danes are hot.

    Posted by: Artie | Mar 14, 2012 3:18:27 PM


  3. Qoute "
    Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden as well as parts of the U.S., Mexico and Brazil have marriage equality"

    Interesting that you mention The U.S., Mexico and Brazil but even though a certain area gives you marriage equality, it denies you rights at the federal level, so I wouldn't bunch them up in a group that marriage equality is honored within the entire country.

    Posted by: Sebastian | Mar 14, 2012 4:14:10 PM


  4. While DOMA exists, no one in the US has marriage equality -- even in the states that offer it on the state level.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Mar 14, 2012 5:52:07 PM


  5. even though only parts of mexico and brazil offer same sex marriage the marriages are recognized across the country

    Posted by: Luke | Mar 14, 2012 6:40:37 PM


  6. Alex is right!

    We don't have marriage equality in the US anywhere as long as DOMA is in force.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 14, 2012 9:38:03 PM


  7. Oh my, how times change. If you were to look back a thousand years, you would see that the Danes, the Northmen, were the most militant macho guys on the planet. In the Irish prayerbook of a thousand years ago their was a prayer:"From the fury of the Northmen, Oh Lord deliver us". Now, I would say: To the intellectual correctness of the Northmen. Oh Lord bring us.

    Posted by: jack leddy | Mar 14, 2012 9:55:09 PM


  8. JACK LEDDY has a mistaken concept of history. The Spartans were "militant macho guys" and into Gay sex big time see also Plato in symposium etc.There is No contradiction between your sex drive and other achievements!

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 15, 2012 1:02:47 AM


  9. Good for Denmark.

    And how embarassing for the Bigot in Chief, who pigheadely opposes marriage equality.

    While the world evolves, he devolves.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Mar 15, 2012 2:05:24 AM


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