Lawmakers in Denmark are considering legalising gay marriage.

Church minister Manu Sareen told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that gay couples may be allowed to wed in the spring of 2012.

He said: “I look forward to the moment the first homosexual couple steps out of the church. I’ll be standing out there throwing rice.

“I have many friends who are homosexuals and can’t get married. They love their partners the same way heterosexuals do, but they don’t have the right to live it out in the same way. That’s really problematic.”

Denmark legalised civil unions in 1989.

According to the Copenhagen Post, around 69 per cent of the public support gay marriage.