Denmark Gives Thumbs Up To Gay Marriages In Church

DenmarkFlagWho wants to go to Denmark and get married?

The European nation's Parliament today voted that same-sex couples there can have a full marriage ceremony in church, rather than having truncated, "less-than" ceremonies.

ABC News elaborates:

Denmark's Parliament has approved a law allowing same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state's Lutheran Church currently offers.

Lawmakers voted 85-24 on Thursday to change Denmark's marriage laws.

The law takes effect June 15 and will put Denmark on par with countries such as Iceland and Sweden that allow full wedding ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples.

And who said there's something rotten in the state of Denmark?


  1. Derek Pearce says

    Sure this is great news for Danish gays. But this is people’s exhibit A for why separation of Church and State is a good thing. Now crazy Christians can use this as an example of truly being discriminated against. Just remember, in countries that DON’T have a “state religion” (er, USA, Canada, Australia, anywhere else?), civil marriage is all anyone wants. Be prepared to fight the right when they go hysterical on this…and be prepared to remind them that this is why separation of church and state is a good thing and that they should be thankful for purely civil marriage.

  2. Steve says

    Separation of church and state only exists on paper in the US.

    Also, priests probably won’t be compelled to perform same-sex weddings. But the alternative would have been to disallow religious ceremonies entirely, which actually would have been a violation of freedom of religion.

  3. dan says

    as there is no separation of church and state in denmark, the church was given the option of either compromising with the new gay marriage or giving up the state funding they get…guess which one they chose to move forward with…

  4. Derek Pearce says

    @Dan, interesting, didn’t think of it that way, and I live in Ontario where the publicly funded Catholic school system had to suck it up for teh same reason. Churches are funny when it comes to money!

  5. Snownova says

    in the netherlands there is no separation of church and state on paper, but in practice they are much more separate then in the US, especially when it comes to marriage.

    A religious wedding ceremony means exactly squat to the Dutch government, ALL couples must register their nuptials at a city hall in order for it to be valid in the eyes of the government.

    That is one of the reasons that gay marriage could be implemented fairly smoothly here, formal marriage had already been divorced from religion, meaning the government had no say, but neither cared for religious marriage.

    Anyway, good for Denmark!

  6. DeeperStill says

    What a bunch of ignorants commenting on this, geez…

    Dan, exactly where did you get that infomation? There was no such option. It’s simply wrong.

    Anyway, Denmark is a happy Nation today. The people have been OK with this much longer than various sitting Governments, and more than 70% of Danish Prists says it’s way overdue as well, and will have no trouble performing their duties, so there!

    YAY for Denmark xXx

  7. Steve says

    It’s like that in most of continental Europe and some south American countries. Mandatory civil weddings are a result of the secularization after the French Revolution and the spread of Napoleon’s Code Civil through his wars in the early 19th century.

    The silly American marriage license system where priests can act as agents of the state and perform legally valid weddings has really confused people beyond repair

  8. Happy Dane says

    First of all, I just want to tell all out there that the general atmosphere here in Denmark today is like nothing i’ve ever seen. People are congratulating me and my boyfriend, appologising for the fact that this law hasn’t been past yet. It is a very historical day for Denmark.
    In regards to all the comments focussing on the church-state sepparation thing: The influence of religion on lawmaking is much greater in a country like USA, than it is in Denmark. Splitting up the two doesn’t neccesarily mean the influence stops!
    Secondly, people do not seem to remember that there are acctually gay christians out there. It seems like the debate in the states surrounds itself on the gays vs. religion. It does not have to be that way!
    Very happy gay-marriage day :)

  9. says

    #DEEPERSTILL..i think you misunderstood, it wasn’t any option but was part of the discussions…and my information came directly from my inlaws in sonderborg…

  10. anon says

    Ah, the funny business of having an “official” state religion, thereby leaving church doctrine in the hands of parliament! Of course, no one in western Europe actually goes to church unless they are getting married, so this will actually fill the pews a bit more. While the Danes pat themselves on the back, please note that Catholic Churches, Jewish Synagogues and Mosques won’t be required to do anything.

  11. Rick says

    “Danish boys are the best I’ve ever had. Yum”

    They are delicious, but the idea that Scandinavian men are any more sexually adventurous and more willing to experiment than those elsewhere is definitely a myth, in my experience.

  12. Steve says

    The Catholic Church barely exists in Denmark. Less than 1% of the population belong to it. Catholicism is a southern European and French thing. Then there is a dividing line running through the middle of Germany. The further north you get, the more people are Protestant.

  13. DeeperStill says

    DAN, that may be so, but around 70% of Danish Priests backed this from the get go, so it would never have become an option anyway 😉

    And @ANON: “While the Danes pat themselves on the back, please note that Catholic Churches, Jewish Synagogues and Mosques won’t be required to do anything.”

    Neither will the Danish Lutheran Church. This law simply makes it legal for ALL religions in Denmark to perform these weddings, IF they choose. Before now it was illegal.

    But of course, we prop wont see it done anywhere else than the Lutheran Church. At least for now…

  14. Swiminbuff says

    You can get married in a Church in Canada if you wish. We have no state religion but individual faiths may perform church services if the wish for same sex couples. We were married in a United Church of Canada ( the largest Protestant denomination) service. It was exactly the same kind of wedding service that my brothers and their wives had which reenforced that my marriage was exactly the same as theirs.

  15. Luke says

    The chances of the current UK government passing gay marriage has rapidly declined, thanks to a huge backlash. Australia’s prospects also look dim because the votes are not there and the Prime Minister is against it. France depends upon the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

  16. Stan says

    Question: My partner is Danish. I’m American. We live in the U.S. now for 15 years together. Will we be able to fly over to Copenhagen and get married legally now, like you can do in Canada (like in Ontario)?
    Or, is it just for residents of Denmark? Like straights could fly to Paris, London, Rome, Copenhagen, or wherever and get married legally. Will gays be able to do that in Denmark?

  17. Stefan says

    They won’t have to gain an outright majority. Just last year the gay marriage bill was voted on in the French parliment despite the Socialists not having control.

  18. Philip Wester says

    To all of the idiots whining about separation of church and state:
    Denmark, like Sweden and Iceland, will not force churches or priests to wed same-sex couples against their will.

    The new law will merely allow gay-friendly churches and priests to wed same-sex couples. In other words, it gives the churches a CHOICE it didn’t have before.

    No priest or church will HAVE to wed a same-sex couple if they do not wish to. But prior to the passage of this law, priests and churches who wished to do so were barred from doing so.

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