Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Greenland Approves Gay Marriage

Greenland's parliament on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that legalizes gay marriage in the island nation.
Denmark granted Greenland autonomy in 1979, though it remains a country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenland's culture and politics continue to be influenced by Denmark.

In 1996, Greenland (population 57,000) adopted Denmark's registered partnership law, which provides gay and lesbian couples with nearly identical rights provided to married heterosexual couples.
The move to adopt Denmark's marriage law, approved in 2012, was supported by the government of Greenland and approved unanimously with two abstentions during its second reading held Tuesday, two months after its first reading.
Gay couples can begin exchanging vows on October 1, 2015.
Sofie Petersen, the Lutheran bishop of Greenland and the second female bishop in the Danish Lutheran Church, has previously endorsed marriage equality.

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