Copenhagen, October 1st, 1989

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    Oct 07, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    Not sure if this was posted, but I thought it was important to remember this anniversary and the statement the Danes made when they decided to recognize GLBT marriages as being 'almost' on the same footing with heterosexual marriages. Congratulations Denmark!

    As of 2011, GLBT marriage is now legal in:
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Norway
    Belgium
    The Netherlands
    Canada
    Argentina
    Spain
    Portugal
    South Africa

    It's funny how seven of the ten countries are monarchies! icon_cool.gif

    Per one of my favorite websites, Box Turtle Bulletin

    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2011/10/01/37536

    TODAY IN HISTORY:

    Denmark Begins Registering Partnerships: 1989. Axil and Eigil Axgil made world history when they became the first gay couple to enter into a Registered Partnership in Copenhagen, after 40 years together. The Axgils, who had been living under the same surname (an amalgamation of their given names) for 32 years, were among ten couples registered that day when Denmark became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition for same-sex couples. While the new law provided many of the rights and obligations of marriage, Registered Partnerships remained a second class institution by omitting adoption rights, artificial insemination availability, or religious wedding ceremonies in state-run Lutheran Churches. In 1996, Registered Partnerships were extended to Greenland. Several bills which would provide full marriage equality have been debated in the Folketing over the past several years, with the most recent bill being rejected by the ruling coalition in June 2010, but the Folketing did decide to extend adoption rights to Registered Partnerships a month later.


    The couple in question, Axil and Eigil
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_and_Eigil_Axgil
    axgi1a.jpg
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    Oct 07, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Columbusite777 saidNot sure if this was posted, but I thought it was important to remember this anniversary and what the statement the Danes made when they decided to recognize GLBT marriages as being 'almost' on the same footing with heterosexual marriages. Congratulations Denmark!

    As of 2011, GLBT marriage is now legal in:
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Norway
    Belgium
    The Netherlands
    Canada
    Argentina
    Spain
    Portugal
    South Africa

    It's funny how seven of the ten countries are monarchies! icon_cool.gif

    Per one of my favorite websites, Box Turtle Bulletin

    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2011/10/01/37536

    TODAY IN HISTORY:

    Denmark Begins Registering Partnerships: 1989. Axil and Eigil Axgil made world history when they became the first gay couple to enter into a Registered Partnership in Copenhagen, after 40 years together. The Axgils, who had been living under the same surname (an amalgamation of their given names) for 32 years, were among ten couples registered that day when Denmark became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition for same-sex couples. While the new law provided many of the rights and obligations of marriage, Registered Partnerships remained a second class institution by omitting adoption rights, artificial insemination availability, or religious wedding ceremonies in state-run Lutheran Churches. In 1996, Registered Partnerships were extended to Greenland. Several bills which would provide full marriage equality have been debated in the Folketing over the past several years, with the most recent bill being rejected by the ruling coalition in June 2010, but the Folketing did decide to extend adoption rights to Registered Partnerships a month later.


    The couple in question, Axil and Eigil
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_and_Eigil_Axgil
    axgi1a.jpg


    This just underlines why Denmark is that awesome. *bump*
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    Oct 07, 2011 10:11 AM GMT
    cheers to that!
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    Oct 07, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    Wow how awesome...utterly beautiful too.
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    Oct 07, 2011 1:53 PM GMT
    Bump indeed.

    The Scandinavian countries are very cool and progressive indeed.

    Denmark made a very bold and controversial statement when the Folketing put this law into affect. Although it would be a number of years before GLBT could get married in the state-fun Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark, i.e. the National Church of Denmark, and adopt children, it was a start.