Great news from Denmark today with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announcing that the country plans to legalise same-sex marriage on June 15.
While Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize registered same-sex partnerships back in 1989, since then politicians had repeatedly rejected bills to legalise same-sex marriage.
BNO News reports that the Prime Minister now says the Danish government will submit a draft legislation on Wednesday which will allow same-sex couples to get married at both City Hall and the Church of Denmark if they find a priest who is willing to perform the wedding.
While some church leaders have spoken out against same-sex marriage, surveys done in the past had suggested that as many as 70 percent of priests were willing to marry same-sex couples.
“It will be up to each priest whether he or she will perform gay marriages, but the government gives all members of the church the right to get married in church, whether they want to marry a person of the opposite or same sex,” explains Thorning-Schmidt.