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Faroe Islands poll: 61% support same-sex marriage

Nick Duffy August 8, 2014
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A poll has found that 61% of people in the Faroe Islands support same-sex marriage.

The Islands – an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark – maintain control over their own marriage laws.

Denmark legalised same-sex marriage in 2012, but the law does not apply to the Faroe Islands, where same-sex relationships are not recognised.

A bill that would have extended Denmark’s equal marriage law to the Islands was voted down in March this year, by a vote of 20-11.

According to a new poll, however, 61% of respondents support same-sex marriage in the country, while 32% of respondents are opposed.

Laws against homophobic discrimination in employment were introduced by the country’s government in 2006.

Finland is the only other Nordic country that does not recognise same-sex marriage, having rejected several same-sex marriage bills over the past few years.

The Finnish Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee voted by 10 to 6 against passing a marriage bill in June, though it is set to go before the country’s full Parliament next month.


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