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Denmark: Equal marriage law may take effect in June

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  1. Coalition… watch and learn, please

    1. GingerlyColors 15 Mar 2012, 6:23am

      I totally agree. We can learn from other countries as other countries can learn from us.

    2. billywingartenson 26 Mar 2012, 4:33am

      Fortunatelyt the church of the endless hidden molestation of children does not have a big presence in Denmark.

      In Iceland they voted in gay marriage 49 to 0. thanks to some courageous vikings who about 1550 killed the archbishop of Iceland and he was never replaced.

      We should put the whole hierarchy of the church on some fertile but uninhabited Island. Males only.

      It would be fun to watch from satellite while they probably kill each other, or rape each other. A fitting end to Hilter church btw (born and baptised catholic in 1888 in Linz Austria. Never formally excommunciated because to do so would acknowlede the church’s responsibility for the hatred of Jews.

      That both laid the foundation for hitlers election and the holocaust and 55 million deaths in wwiII

    3. billywingartenson 1 Apr 2012, 7:05am

      thats why I’m going from the USA to denmark during pride week

      just like i did in Iceland last year – after they voted 49 to 0 to change rps to marriage.

  2. So happy to have just moved to Denmark! :D

    1. Its a great country and values equality – but very high cost of living!

      Esbjerg is a beautiful small city though!

      1. In most Scandanvian countries they are paid in line with the cost of living so it balances out!

      2. billywiwngartenson 1 Jun 2012, 8:49am

        your lucky to be able to. I’m str8 but I’d leave the homophobic USA in a second except for the kids and grandkids

  3. Congratulations to Danish LGBT folks. I believe that, in that region, only Finland is still holding out by having registered partnerships rather than marriage equality. Denmark now joins Sweden, Norway and Iceland in giving all its citizens equality under the law.

    1. GingerlyColors 15 Mar 2012, 6:28am

      No doubt Finland will fall in line soon. Strictly speaking, they are not a Scandanavian country. The Finnish Language is totally different to the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish languages which are all related. The nearest relative of Finnish is Hungarian. Finland is in a gay friendly neighbourhood and there is no reason why they shouldn’t have marriage equality by 2020, if not a lot sooner.

  4. Keith Farrell 14 Mar 2012, 1:21pm

    comeon UK you are being left behind and made to look like the followers and not the leaders

    1. Too late! And since France will be there by the end of the year, England will most definitely be in the minority in Western Europe where the majority of countries have equal marriage.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2012, 3:33pm

        Hayden, not going to happen in France just yet even if Sarkozy is booted out this year, ditto Germany…Merkel has to go before any more debate can begin. If any country is going to be in the minority it will be several, i.e. Greece, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Latvia. Luxembourg, Austria, Czechoslovakia are three more that haven’t committed to anything yet. At least England has it’s consultation beginning shortly.

        1. Why not? The Left already controls the French Senate and if they win both the presidency and the lower chamber marriage equality is practically a given.
          Equal marriage law in Luxembourg is making its way through the judiciary committee so either by the end of this year or beginning of next it will pass.
          Of there’s no such thing as Czechoslovakia.

          1. How do you know the Marriage Equality bill is in the judiciary committee in Lux? Do you have any links? It seemed to go so quiet I thought the matter had died.

        2. Why do you say that. The Socialists have already pledged to change the marriage law to include gay couples. They even called it a priority. They are almost certain to win the election in April and May, so why do you say that it won’t happen. Do you know something that we don’t?

        3. Robert, you have a very bad sense of geography and an outdated atlas. Most of the countries you listed are not in WESTERN Europe and Czechoslovakia hasn’t existed for almost twenty years. Even still, neither the Czech Republic nor Slovakia are considered Western Europe.

  5. Well hopefully with another country now allowing SS marriage within the EU this argument from the other side that a case will be brought to force Churches etc to carry out ceremonies can be put to bed once and for all.

    1. Also, how is this being written into their laws because I see another Christian MP/Judge/Something is on the DM whipping up a bit of a storm about something that may happen. Because, of course, you can never have a healthy debate with facts can you?

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2012, 3:40pm

      Every country that has enacted SSM has a provision in the law for religious denominations to opt in or out as they so choose. Civil marraige in all of them is “gender neutral”. The UK’s opposition’s argument to the contrary is nothing more than a red herring to foment intolerance and impose their religious beliefs on the rest of society including some denominations that support us. So in fact, those denominations in opposition are also opposing freedom of religion for those who do not, such as the Unitarians, Quakers, Liberal and Reformed Judaism. This is an important point that needs to be raised over and over during the consultation and beyond. It is my hope that each of those denominations make their support known and become more pro-active as the debate continues.

  6. This should be about the same time as Nepal introduces same sex marriage as well. All these good news stories can only help to increase support for same sex marriage in countries like the UK and Australia where campaigns are being held.

    1. I didnt know Nepal were so far into their process, I knew they were making progress. Superb!

      Mongolia, Colombia and Venezuela are also looking at the issue.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2012, 3:41pm

        If Brazil gets on board, that will be huge on the Latin American continent. I see it as the next country to legalise it in that part of the world.

        1. billywingartenson 26 Mar 2012, 4:37am

          late last year Brazils supreme court rulled unanimously that gays get equal rights.

          Whether that means marriage or full CUs, sri no info.

          A dull sword (cu’s) stuck up the rear opening of the catholic church of endless hidden molestation would be a big step forward., even if not yet big M

      2. The Supreme Court of Colombia has ruled that marriage equality or the equivalent must be granted to all couples, same/opposite gender, and have given the legislature up to 2 years to implement a law, otherwise after that, gays can legally get married at any court! It’s practically a given! ^^

  7. She only took office in October, well done to the Danish Goverment who decide to do something then do it, unlike our Government who say they want to do something then arse around consulting, reading, passing to the old farts in the lords, back to parliament again. Before you know it, we’ve all aged three years before a new law is passed.

    Get a move on ConDems!

  8. Denmark is an inspiration to us all. Not only does it have the HOTTEST men on earth its all progressive.

  9. The Danes have been in the forefront of progressive legislation for LGBTs, for many years. Contrast them with the representatives of Greece and Russia, who, at a UN Panel discussion on the issue of discriminatory laws and practices and acts of violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity (March 7, 2012), completely lied about non-existent legislative protections for LGBTs in their countries. While you may expect that kind of behavior from a Russian representative, it’s especially egregious when a lie of such magnitude comes from an ally with such a long history of bisexuality.

    (starting at the 1’42” videomark; the Greek rep speaks first, followed by the Russian).

    1. from an ally with such a long history of bisexuality

      If you’re talking about the social acceptance of certain types of bisexuality (for men) in the pre-Christian Hellenic world, you can’t seriously expect it to have much influence in today’s Greece!

      1. Anyone who has traveled in Greece & met Greek gays will assure you that they think of themselves as basically straight, with expectations of marriage to an opposite-sex spouse. While this is less true of younger Greek gays, even they are encouraged to marry, and then “you can do whatever you want.” This is the traditional way that they have been forced to deal with their homosexual “proclivities”. The church and the government have always looked the other way and refused to acknowledge or support any law that would make it possible and easier for the LGBT community to become assimilated into Greek society.

    2. Russia and Greece have two main problems! The Russian and Greek Orthodox churches! Simple as that! Greek lads do what they are told because ‘money’, inheritance and marriage go together.Until young people tell their parents to mind their own business, don’t care about the loot, the church can go jump, then you will have a repressed homosexual community! I was doing all of those things 25 years ago and have lived a liberated life!

      1. billywingartenson 26 Mar 2012, 4:40am

        There are some greek vacation Islands that are home to some very hot gay porn movie making.

        Lets hope it spreads. Boys with Boys, chicks with chicks. opposite sex f#@king only for procreation.

  10. Your last sentence should denote “joins….IN EUROPE…” since Canada, South Africa and Argentina also have equal marriage.

    I suspect that France will have equal marriage by the end of the year since the Socialists are poised to take power in the next couple of months.

    1. GingerlyColors 15 Mar 2012, 6:40am

      Don’t hold your breath as France is concerned. They do have a registered partnership or Pact de Solidarite which also applies to their overseas territories including French Guiana but in 221 years of legalized homosexuality they haven’t got round to introducing marriage equality yet.

  11. Congratulations Denmark!

    Coalition, where is the March consultation (if one is really needed!). Where is our equal marriage.

    Those bigots who continually lie about the impact of same sex partners being able to marry being negative and quoting the experience of Denmark – please note Denmark will have equal marriage in June this year. Your comments about Denmark are lies!

    So Denmark will make it 11 countries, some states in the USA, some states in Brazil and Mexico City where marriage is equal. Come on Westminster – we want to be the 12th country in England!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2012, 3:45pm

      Someone told me that only a written ministerial statement (WMS) will be presented to Parliament as early as tomorrow which apparently does not equate the beginning of the consultation. Stephen Gray’s article on this site seems to imply it actually begins tomorrow. Maybe I have this wrong. I’m surprised StonewallUK hasn’t mentioned anything as to the actual date.

      1. No, you’ve got it right. The law has yet to be presented and it is not yet certain that the law will actually become law. It is fairly certain, however, that there is a majority of votes for the suggestion.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Mar 2012, 3:47pm

      I think Finland may be number 12, we’ll probably be 13. Is it any coincidence the alledged consultation commencement tomorrow falls on the Ides of March? I hope it’s not a bad omen.

  12. I so hate being an American at times. Yes, this is one of those times.

    1. Right there with ya Keith!

      1. It slowly happening in the US guys, keep up the pressure and good luck!

  13. This might turn out to be a very good year. If all goes smoothly Nepal will be number 11 in May Denmark number 12 in June. Luxembourg and Uruguay will compete for 13 and 14 place plus there’s the possibility of the French Socialist Party to win both elections and France might be on board this year. Finland also might legislate equal marriage this year if the proponents gather enough votes (they need about 20 confirmed votes to be sure of victory). In Brazil courts are already converting Stable Unions into Marriages so maybe the Supreme Court will equalize marriage rights without the need of conversion from union to marriage.

  14. I’m curious why PinkNews FINALLY used the accurate and proper term “Equal Marriage” instead of “gay marriage” in this headline.

    Have we finally gotten through to you the importance of using accurate terminology to describe what it is that we are fighting for?

    1. Hopefully English and Scottish marriage will be viewed as equal marriage too and not just Denmark (although ti is welcome that Danish marriage will be equal!)

  15. It is still merely a suggestion – not law. It has been presented to Folketinget – the Danish Parliament – today, but it has yet to be voted through. Usually it takes a few “behandlinger” – discussions of the law – before it goes any further.

    The proposal will be discussed (førstebehandlet) on the 20th March 2012.

    Link to schedule:

  16. “The law will not compel priests to marry gays.

    Ms Thorning-Schmidt said: “It will be up to each priest whether he or she will perform gay marriages….”

    Take note Baroness O’caithian…it can be done and Denmark is also in Europe..

  17. Sweet. Congratulations Denmark! I did predict that they would be one of the next countries.I hope Greenland is included in this law and it’s not long before Finland joins them, along with Iceland, and Sweden. I definitely wouldn’t mind getting married there someday if I live where it’s legal/recognized.

    1. Norway too, can’t forget them :P

    2. Greenland won’t be included but they usually follow what happens in Denmark, so it wouldn’t be surprising if marriage equality came to Greenland this year or at least by next year also. Also, don’t forget that Ireland has committed to marriage equality and they might even beat the UK to it. So there is a lot of action to come within the next year or two. We have reached tipping point!

  18. Great for Denmark! Too bad the UK (which likes to fancy itself as the best European country) is still behind the times and lagging behind. Pathetic.

  19. GingerlyColors 15 Mar 2012, 6:31am

    Well done, Denmark. I have a bottle of Champaigne on ice, ready for June 15th! I hope that the legislation also applies to Denmark’s self-governing areas of the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The gay rights juggernaught is now unstoppable.

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