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June 7, 2012

Parliament overturned the ban on same-sex marriage 85 to 24, making Denmark the eighth country in Europe with full marriage equality

The Danish Parliament voted today in favor of gender neutral marriage legislation.

Same-sex marriages are expected to occur as early as 15 June when the law will come into effect. Couples already in civil partnerships will automatically be granted 'married' status.

Though gay marriages may now take place in Danish churches, the law does permit churches to decline marrying same-sex couples if they wish.  

May 16, 2012

Shocked daughter tells TV show how vicar refused to bury her 74-year-old mother because she was a lesbian

A Danish priest who refused to bury a 74-year-old lesbian is the subject of a TV show on the country's DR1 channel.

The deceased’s daughter, Kirsten Østergaard, told the programme that the priest’s announcement came as a shock, reported Danish gay website Homotropolis.

'I thought, can it really be true that we should be ashamed of it?' she said.

'I looked at my mother’s life partner and she was completely silent and then I became really upset on her behalf. It’s a terrible situation to put her in.'

March 14, 2012

Danish Prime Minister says same-sex couples will be able to marry in City Hall or churches

Denmark will legalize gay marriage later this year, the country's prime minister announced yesterday (13 March).

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt says the government will introduce draft legislation this week to legalize same-sex marriages.

Despite Denmark being the first country in the world to legalize same-sex unions in 1989, politicians have previously rejected equal marriage proposals.

However, a draft legislation bill will be submitted today and will allow gay couples to get married at both City Hall and the Church of Denmark.