Target: Parliament of Denmark
Goal: Thank Denmark for allowing same-sex couples to have the same church wedding ceremonies as heterosexual couples.
Denmark’s Parliament recently voted 85 to 24 to allow same-sex couples to wed in full church ceremonies. Previously, same-sex partners were only allowed a brief church blessing and a civil registration rather than a religious ceremony.
Denmark has acted on its forward-thinking principles before. It was the first country to allow legally registered partnerships between same-sex couples in 1989. In 1997, legally recognized same-sex couples were allowed a short church blessing. Now, same-sex couples can enjoy the same rights and religious recognition as heterosexual couples. This legislation will come into effect on June 15th.
In a country where 80% of citizens belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church, there has inevitably been some backlash, but there has not been nearly as much as in other areas of the world. One survey suggested that 70% of Danish ministers would gladly perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. As the decision to perform same-sex weddings is up to individual churches and priests, some may decline, but then must arrange for a replacement to perform the ceremonies.
Despite the small backlash, the fact that every Danish citizen now has the right to marry whomever they wish in whatever kind of ceremony they wish is a major victory. It is a strong and heartening statement of equality and acceptance, and it will not go unnoticed by the rest of the world. As Alex Greenwich, the Australian Marriage Equality national convener, says, “Overwhelming support for marriage equality from the Danish Parliament shows the global momentum for reform continues to grow.”
To thank Denmark’s Parliament for their country’s promising contribution to human rights, sign the petition below.
Dear Parliament Members of Denmark,
I want to thank you for your recent vote to allow same-sex couples to wed in full church ceremonies. This action represents a historic contribution to not only to equal rights, but also to the public perception of the gay community. This decision sends the message loud and clear that same-sex partnerships are completely valid and should be treated the same as any other partnership.
You are setting a progressive example for the rest of the world, and have been since 1989 when Denmark became the first country to legally recognize same-sex unions. It gives me hope that someday very soon other countries will follow suit. Thank you for your outstanding contribution to human rights.
[Your Name Here]