Denmark Government Wants Churches to Give Homosexuals Formal Weddings

Denmark’s government wants to allow same-sex
couples to get married in formal church weddings, instead of the short
blessing ceremonies that the state Lutheran Church currently offers.

The government said Wednesday it’s preparing to launch a proposal in February to change Denmark’s marriage laws.

1989, Denmark became the first country to allow registered gay
partnerships. Since 1997, gay couples in Denmark can be wed in special
blessing ceremonies at the end of the regular church service.

Church Affairs Ministry says the law change would put Denmark on par
with countries including Iceland and Sweden that allow full wedding
ceremonies for gay couples.

Danish clergy would retain the right to refuse to wed gay couples without sanctions.

Source: The Associated Press