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Denmark set to introduce gay religious wedding ceremonies “in spring 2012″

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  1. Excellent But quote: ‘The Lutheran Church, Denmark’s most popular religion’ Shouldn’t that be denomination?

    1. Technically …

    2. jamestoronto 23 Nov 2011, 1:23pm

      Correct. They are Christian in a religious sense of the Lutheran denomination. The two words get misused very often.

  2. Stuart Neyton 23 Nov 2011, 11:42am

    why does our government have to waitr until 2015 to introduce marriage equality if the danish government can do so within a year of coming to power?

    1. Good question!

      I certainly think it should not be beyond the abilities and imagination of those in power to have legislation passed and in force by (at latest) spring 2013, and preferably earlier …

      I grudgingly accept that there is some inbuilt delay by the consultation (which is not going to change the reality of equal civil marriage in any event) … but will expeditious reflection on the consultation (including some possible good ideas that may not have otherwise been considered)… the legislation could be in place for voting in the autumn of 2012 and enacted and fulfilled by early to mid 2013.

      1. correction …

        but with expeditious

      2. The consultation will have been delayed by 8 months anyway…remember it was due to start in July 2011, the consultation should have ended by now according to their initial plans …let’s hope first there are no further delays ie we actually do get a consultation in March 2012 and we have some form of “gay” civil marriage (sorry it’s not marriage equality since unlike Denmark religious marriages aren’t being considered ) by a long time before 2015..would that be 2015 before or after the next election results….At the moment I ‘mstill on tender hocks whether they are going to actually finally after 2 yrs introduce “religious” CPs!!!

    2. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 9:38am

      I though it was by 2015 not until 2015?

  3. Denmark still won’t allow same-sex civil marriage? Is that right?

    1. There will be total equality so couples can either have a civil or religious marriage. Civil Union will then be abolished, or replaced if you like. The Lutheran Church is the main denomination in Denmark with around 80% following so that is why the news of the state church approving this change in law is significant. Now we just have to wait for other denominations – and religions – in the country to follow the example.

  4. dave, same-sex civil marriage is expected to be legalised in February 2012. Meanwhile, we have to wait and hopefully get it before the end of the current parliament in 2015. We’re notorious for foot-dragging on almost anything, especially when it affects the LGBT community. We were NEVER the leader and never will be. You’d think after several years of CPs we wouldn’t have to wait so long since there isn’t much that needs to be changed to implement it. I don’t understand why there should be a long-winded marriage equality consultation either. Now I wonder if it will be delayed yet again once March rolls around?

  5. Poorly written and possibly misleading article.

    What is the status of marriage equality in Denmark?

    It would have been good to clarify in this story whether every single same sex couple in Denmark will continue to be denied access to the legal contract of civil marriage. And whether this minor religious development simply means that cults will be able to offer religious civil union (although of course most cults will refuse as bigotry is standard practice for the vast majority of religious cults).

    Does Denmark remain as discriminatory as Britain? UK government plans to allow cults to offer religious CP’s does not alter the fact that same sex couples are treated in law as 2nd class citizens with 2nd class legal recognition of their relationship.

    Denmark has plans to introduce marriage equality – why is Pink News reporting on the activities instead of writing confusing stories about the activities of religious cults?

    1. Paul O'Neill 24 Nov 2011, 10:26am

      Do you think you could have used the word ‘cults’ a little more David? I think your inference was a spot too subtle. I’ve aways thought Militant Athiests are cults too…well, I’m sure it sounds something like ‘cults’..

      1. @Paul

        Although dAVID has some interesting and, at times, positive and productive things to say … he is a bit special – his obsession with the word cult and his right wing views on a fair few issues … but some areas he has a point in …. he just doesnt seem to get fighting hate with hate has never worked

    2. Denmark will introduce total marriage equality which means LGTB couples can choose between civil and religious weddings like everyone else. Until now Denmark has only had civil union (locally called registered partnership). This will now me replaced by marriage.

    3. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 9:40am

      dAVID – why do I get the feeling with you it should be all now or nothing at all.

      Small step dear lead to big ones and equality.

  6. jamestoronto 23 Nov 2011, 1:32pm

    Constitutionally, the Evangelical Lutheran Church is the established state church and is supported by the Danish state. I think this was the reason there was so much mention of religious marriages. The comments are quite right in that the article fails to mention civil marriage completely.

  7. This sounds positive. Atleast theres the intent for equality.

    1. There is not intent for equality – merely a disguise the fact that there is no equality.

      The vast majority of relligious cults intend to remain as poisonously bigotted as they have always been.

      Legal equality should be our goal.

      And the British and Danish government allowing CP’s to be performed in cults buildings is NOT legal equality, however pleasant it may feel for people foolish enough to be involved in a religious cult.

      It is a meaningless scrap being used to hide the fact that we are not allowed to marry, because the state regards us as 2nd class citiizens.

    2. de Villiers 23 Nov 2011, 5:43pm

      > The vast majority of relligious cults intend to remain as poisonously bigotted as they have always been.

      Like you, David.

      1. Please explain to me how it’s possible to be bigotted towards a religion?

        A religion is not a person.

        It is a belief system.

        My low regard for religion does not discrimiinate against anybody.

        Unless you believe beliefs should be respected.

        I do not respect someone who believes patent falsehoods..

        1. de Villiers 24 Nov 2011, 10:20am

          You are poisonous and nasty.

      2. The most poisonous one are the Christian cults that spend millions of dollars to stop gay marriage and LGBT people everywhere. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_cult

  8. Good for Denmark. There seems to be more Christian trolls here every day at pinknews.

    1. jamestoronto 24 Nov 2011, 11:48am

      Not just here. They’re everywhere.

  9. hi all. I’m proud to danish. In the spring 2012 we will have the same rigths as hetero’s. 25% of the church is against the marrige and 70% is pro. I’ve been living in Civil Partnership for 13 years now. Good luck to all of you. Bent(sorry thats my name)

    1. All the best Bent! Great name for a gay lad! lol

    2. Your an embarrasment Keith, to what ever country you live in. You SHOULD be proud to Danish Bent! Beautiful country! Beautiful people!

  10. Praise Jesus who would be proud of his Danish Lutheran Church!

  11. Pink News really seems to be aiming to attract the tiny religious market for its website.

    Why they decided to run a story about Denmark allowing same-sex cult weddings which affects such a tiny number of people, while ignoring the REAL story ie same sex civil marriage equiality for all LGBT people, really is quite breathtakingly foolish.

    1. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 9:41am

      oh dear dAVID!

  12. Jock S. Trap 15 Dec 2011, 9:37am

    Congratulations Denmark!! Excellent news!!

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