Churches In Denmark Ordered To Perform Gay Marriages


The country’s parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages.

Denmark’s church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote “historic”.

“I think it’s very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married. Today, it’s only heterosexual couples.”

Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry out the ceremony, but the local bishop must arrange a replacement for their church.

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1 thought on “Churches In Denmark Ordered To Perform Gay Marriages”

  1. The article is misleading (and 2 years old):

    1: “All churches” only refers to churches (church buildings) of the Church of Denmark (the state church).

    2. There were two different acts of the Danish parliament. First they amended the marriage laws to allow same-sex marriages. And then, acting in their role as the ruling assembly of the Church of Denmark, ruled that the Church of Denmark would perform same-sex marriages, with an opt-out clause for individual priests.

    3. No other religious institutions were affected, it is up to them if they want to perform same-sex marriages.

    4. Since a solid majority of both members and priests of the Church of Denmark approved, it is hardly correct to say that they were “forced” to accept same-sex marriages.

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