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Denmark To Debate Same-Sex Marriage

Jim Burroway

October 24th, 2011

Denmark, which became the first country in the world to recognize same-sex unions when it instituted Registered Partnerships in 1989, will consider a bill to allow couples to hold same-sex weddings in the Church of Denmark and to be fully married under Danish law. The bill is expected to be introduced in the Folketing, Denmark’s parliament, after the New Year. The Copenhagen Post reports that some parish priests in the tax-supported state church are opposed to the measure:

Some local priests, like Henrik Højlund, who is the parish priest for Løsning and Korning and chairman for the Evangelical Lutheran Network (ELN), however, disagreed with the minister.

“Lots of people are mistaken in thinking that homosexual weddings are just the next step after female priests. But it is much more consequential and beyond the boundaries for normal Christianity,” Højlund told Jyllands-Posten.

“The Church of Denmark is being secularised right up to the alter in a desperate and mistaken attempt to meet modern people halfway,” he said, adding that same-sex marriage would be “fatal for the church”.

Polls show that approximately 69% of Danes support same-sex marriage in the church. The Church of Denmark receives about 5.9 billion kroner (US$1.1 billion) in tax support from registered members, plus an additional 130 kroner (US$24) from every citizen regardless of religious affiliation or other beliefs. Approximately 60% of Danes are registered members of the church.

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MJC
October 24th, 2011 | LINK

If SMM would be “fatal for the Church”, I, for one, am all for it.

Can’t these priests spell ‘altar’? To ‘alter’ is to change something.

MJC
October 24th, 2011 | LINK

If SSM would be “fatal for the Church”, I, for one, am all for it.

Can’t these priests spell ‘altar’? To ‘alter’ is to change something.

Lucrece
October 24th, 2011 | LINK

It is worth noting that these are rogue priests.

The Church already holds ceremonies for Registered Partnerships, so the change in name wouldn’t change the fact that the Church already participates in and blesses same-sex love.

In fact, while these priests complain, there are many others who are just fine with the measure.

David S.
October 25th, 2011 | LINK

The problem is (a) the Danish government’s control over the church, and (b) the Danish government’s funding of the church.

Donnchadh
October 25th, 2011 | LINK

If this issue pushes the government to stop funding the church and allow it to set its own rules, it’ll be for the good of everyone.

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