25 Years Ago: A Look Back at Denmark Becoming the First Country to Legally Recognize Gay Couples – VIDEO


This week marks the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to legally recognize same-sex civil unions. 

Ivan Larsen and Ove Carlsen were one of the first couples to register their union in Denmark and recently spoke with BBC about taking part in the historic 1989 moment. 

For many of us today, the idea of legal recognition for gay relationships is almost blasé  - so it's interesting seeing how alien the subject matter seemed to reporters back then. 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP


  1. Kieran says

    I think it’s fairly well documented by now that the Scandinaivian peoples are the most highly evolved humans on our planet. Too bad there aren’t more of them.

  2. Logan says

    If they were so evolved, there would likely be more of them. That’s kind of how evolution works…gene survival. They certainly aren’t winning that race.

  3. ratbastard says

    Not only do many Scandinavians seem to lack self awareness and a survival instinct, they also appear to have a phobia or taboo against smiling. But Danes are sane compared to Swedes.

  4. FrankJ says

    Marriage was legal 25 years ago. The only thing you couldn’t was marry in the official christian faith churches. You could marry anywhere else or in any other church. Adoption was legal in 1999, but in the beginning only the partners child, which was an important step. It was anonymous adoption of other children that was allowed in 2009-2010.

    Official church marriage was forcibly enforced by law in 2012 and the law made it so churches cannot deny marriage.

  5. simon says

    Though unofficial, it is almost a state religion. The religious don’t call it a Christian country for nothing. Most politicians even fear to come out as an atheist.

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