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Greenland legalizes gay marriage

Greenland legalizes gay marriage

Greenland’s parliament Tuesday (26 May) voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing gay marriage and adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized gay marriage in 2012.

In February, it was announced that a bill to remedy this would be introduced in spring, which parliament passed by a vote of 27-0 with two absentations.

The law will come into effect on 1 October.

Greenland is an ice mass in North America three times the size of Texas but populated by just 57,000 people, most of whom are Inuit.