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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.  

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

Former Danish minister uses the example of Iberian 'killer snails' to argue against gay marriage

A Danish politician has compared gay marriage to 'killer snails' during a hearing on same-sex unions on Monday (14 May).

'Apart from the killer snail and a few other species, the world consists of males and females, and that is why the world still exists,' said Birthe Rønn Hornbech.

Danish minister of culture, Uffe Elbæk, posted the quote on his Facebook page and, in disbelief, urged people to read the bizarre remark 'one more time'.

Elbæk's Facebook followers were equally dumbfounded by Hornbech's views.

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.

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.