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  1. Good luck folks.

    Try not to undermine the institution of marriage by getting divorced like all the straight folks, now, y’hear?

  2. Cardinal Capone 15 Jun 2012, 10:37am

    Refreshing, what a nice country.

  3. Netherlands
    South Africa
    (parts of) USA, Mexico

    and now


    Hmmm – seems to be happening all over.

    And we’re having a ‘consultation’ on it?

    1. The following countries are also having discussions, consultations, or developing proposals to bring in equal marriage (although at various different stages of development):

      For evidence of this see comments at

      Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil (wider context), Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica (although worrying about HR minister comments yesterday!), Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya (although only discussion by HRC at moment), Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico (wider context), Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Thailand, UK (England & Wales), UK (Scotland), Uruguay, wider parts of USA

      Of course there are some who are further down the road than others

      Well done Denmark!

      1. Albania? Mozambique? India? KENYA? Are you really sure? Are there any sources for this statements other than wikipedia? Have you actually been in at least one of these countries? If so, you’d know that it’s unrealistic for most of them that they’ d consider SSM soon. In some of those countries homosexuality is still widely persecuted, even if it may no be actually illegal. I know it would be nice if there were progress everywhere but we shouldn’t spread misinformation

        1. Elena

          I have included a link above in my comments which links to another PN story where I have given a citation for each country.

          I have been in Kenya many times, India a few occasions, and Mozambique once. I have not yet been to Albania – although I know Albanians.

          Mozambique is the most progressive country in terms of LGBT rights in Africa (with the exception of South Africa).

          Homsoexuality is not illegal in Albania, India or Mozambique.

          I am not spreading disinformation – I am commenting on fact and demonstrating that there is hope that even these countries are considering equal marriage.

          For clarity, here is information to demonstrate that there is debate in each othese countries:


          1. I am trying to post more details for the other countries but for some reason my posts are not appearing. I will keep trying.

          2. Trying again:

            There is also significant evidence of debate in Kenya and India.



          3. I can not get the Indian or Mozambique web links to post to the comments

            They are easily found via a google search of same sex marriage india or mozambique. The Indian ones include a lesbian couple marrying, a debate paper by the legal services board of India etc etc

            Mozambique are African news website debates

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Jun 2012, 12:23pm

      Let’s hope the UK will be on that list before 2015!

      1. There is no reason (other than Tory bigotry) why equal marriage should not be a reality in England within 12 months.

        1. The only significant obstacle would be the House of Lords, and thats surmountable – although if the Parliament Act is required then it will take more than 12 months!

  4. Well done Denmark!

  5. Jock S. Trap 15 Jun 2012, 10:48am

    Congrats to Denmark for seeing sense and fairness.

    Now lets hope this is something more and more in this country cannot ignore and stop the ignorance and allow equality in this area reign.

  6. It is so good to know that there are countries that don’t restrict their beliefs in equality and freedom to lecturing other countries on those issues. Well done Denmark. You shame us.

  7. Churches flying rainbow flags? It’s like reading an article from a parallel universe…

  8. …waiting

    …still waiting…


    So, Denmark hasn’t suffered from economic collapse, beastiality suddenly taking hold, firey plumes raining down from the sky?!

    How odd… I’m sure we were promised these things by someone :(

    1. No earthquakes, mass riots, plague of locusts etc either!

    2. Give the Big Man Upstairs a chance. He’s fairly old by now. It may take him a while to click into gear about what’s going on. Denmark can afford to relax until he least catches up with the Netherlands first :P

    3. Well, come on, surely you’re both going to tell me that in the very least heterosexual marriage has suddenly collpased and the children all died?…right?…right?!?! :'(

      1. No, no reports of upsurges in infant deaths or queues at lawyers for divorces!

    4. GingerlyColors 15 Jun 2012, 7:51pm

      Good job that Denmark isn’t in the Eurozone then!

    5. They aren’t doing very well in Euro 2012 though!

  9. Christ, this story couldn’t make the UK look any worse if it TRIED!

  10. What are the chances that Greenland will follow Denmark? They normally do on such matters. Let’s hope they follow suit and do it quickly.

    1. Hope for once the Faroe Islands follow Denmark too!

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Jun 2012, 12:24pm

      Yes, quite. We don’t hear much about Greenland do we probably because it has a very small population.

      1. Greenland does usually follow Denamrk reasonably rapidly when it introduces new laws on civil or human rights – so the hope for there is that they will follow suit.

        Faroe Islands are dire when it comes to LGBT rights – although they have an almost identical constitutional status to Greenland

  11. ““Love knows no gender”

    Indeed :) Lovely news – good on you, Denmark! I’m especially impressed by how quickly this came into effect.

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Jun 2012, 12:32pm

    Amazing, the first country to introduce legal unions for gay couples in 1989 and now has come full circle. Denmark is the best example of introducing equal marriage, even though it failed at the first attempt in 2006 I believe. Well done, Denmark, a fine example of fairness and respect for human rights for all of its people. Equally amazing is that ten out of eleven Lutheran bishops wrote the rites for the newcomers to equal marriage. A pity Anglicanism spread its poison in the UK. Of course, we won’t see any such thing coming from them, sadly. Denmark puts us to shame.

  13. They only voted for equal marriage last week and it comes into effect today? That was quick! Our politicians could learn a thing or two from Denmark!

    P.S. Does anyone know when the 2nd series of “Borgen” will be on?

    1. To be fair Denmark have been discussing equal marriage since 1997!!!!

      1. But still, one week between the vote in Parliament and the law coming into effect – that’s impressive.

    2. I read that the 2nd series of Borgen would be shown in Winter 2012/2013, BennieM. Perhaps they’re going to show The Killing 3 first :D

    3. Er…presuming you’re in the UK, that is.

      1. Yes, I am in the UK, thanks Iris! I didn’t much like “The Killing” though. Although I like “Borgen”, I did think it a bit predictable for Nyborg’s husband to not be able to handle the fact his wife was the Prime Minister and end up having an affair. It’s still great, though!

        1. Agreed re the affair but I suppose it’s a very possible reaction and certainly made Birgitte seem very alone in her power, which worked well, I thought. I like both Borgen and The Killing – and The Bridge too! Great drama coming from Scandinavia at the moment.

  14. Piper Peter 15 Jun 2012, 2:58pm

    Great- an established church too!

  15. Kornelijus Norvidas 15 Jun 2012, 6:01pm

    When will come same-sex civil partnerships to Ex-Kingdom of Lithuania? What a question! In 50 years, or so, I hope.

  16. jamestoronto 15 Jun 2012, 7:10pm

    Well done Denmark! The ten are now eleven — and hopefully growing, sooner than later. Note to Westminster and the CofE clergy: We have all survived without any great calamity or crisis. Straights are still marrying; children are still being born; the population is still growing; economic ruin has not befallen us — in short, life continues as usual.

  17. GingerlyColors 15 Jun 2012, 7:54pm

    Danish bacon is on my menu and I would reccommend Lego and Hans Christian Anderson to all the children of the world.
    Denmark along with the Netherlands are trail blazers not only for LGBT people but all the oppressed peoples of the world.

  18. As usual, yet another impressive move forward by a Scandinavian nation – Denmark! What is also impressive is the Lutheran State Church of Denmark. Like their sister Churches in Sweden, Iceland and Norway, they make the Roman Catholic Church look irrelevant and out of touch!

  19. screw conservative churches 26 Feb 2013, 6:32am

    One june 16 I made plane reservations to go to denmark for pride that august . I already had on hold a room in an bed and breakfast.

    Had a wonderful time.

    BTW basically the same thing re going to iceland in 2011 cuz they put in marriage 49 to zero.

    Guess what – only a few thouand caths in iceland and less then 1000 evangelical xtians –

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