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Historic change as Denmark legalizes gay marriage

Historic change as Denmark legalizes gay marriage

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.  

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt wrote on her Facebook page: ‘Today we allow homosexual couples to enter into marriage on equal footing as everyone else – something that Socialdemokraterne has fought for many years’.

Thorning-Schmidt of Socialdemokraterne, Denmark’s Social Democratic party, announced 13 March that the government would introduce draft legislation to legalize same-sex marriages.

In 1989, Denmark became the first country in the world to introduce registered partnership for same-sex couples.

Now, together with Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Iceland and The Netherlands, Denmark is the eighth country in Europe to enact full marriage equality.