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Denmark has just joined Iceland and Sweden as the coolest, most socially accepting countries ever because there is absolutely no distinction between gay and straight couples at the alter!

Lawmakers voted on Thursday to approve a law allowing same-sex couples to get married in church ceremonies. Ministers are not required to perform marriages for same-sex couples, but if that's the case, the local bishop is legally required to arrange a replacement for their church.

Despite one bishop's fear of "splitting the church", the country's Minister for Gender Equality believes “it's very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married.”

So true! We wish our country could see the same light!

However, since America has this little thing called "separation of church and state", we don't necessarily want a law that requires churches to do anything they don't want to do.

We would just appreciate it if all the religious folks in this country gave the LGBT community the same respect and didn't expect laws affecting EVERYONE to be based on their own specific ideology.

For a lot of people, the pursuit of happiness means getting married to the person they love some day. Thankfully, a lot of people in this country are working toward making that happen.

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67 comments to “Denmark Law Approves Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies In Churches”

  1. norway says – reply to this


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    Norway too has legalized same-sex marriage in churches!! Scandinavia in fact!! (both denmark, sweden and norway)

  2. Anon says – reply to this


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    Perez, stop saying the Church should allow same-sex marriage. First, many other religions don't allow same-sex marriage, yet I only see articles on the Catholic Church. Secondly, we (the Church) shouldn't have to allow same-sex marriage if we don't agree with it. To us, a marriage is a union between a man and a woman, not man+man, woman+woman. No way should we break thousands of years of tradition. Thirdly, we DO give you respect - as much as we can. And lastly, most gays AREN'T religious and partake in church activities (besides some steams of Catholicism) so we should we allow it in our church if you (gays) don't even attend our Masses? Donate to our charities? Believe in our views?

    You make so many on sided arguments I'm surprised no one has punched you in the face yet.

  3. charlie says – reply to this


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    Congratulations Denmark for taking another step closer to equiality for all Gay people. Why do people get into the personal lives of other humans. Love is an universal and nutural feeling that everybody is entitle to. The right to choose who you want tobe with and spend the rest of your life with.

  4. tru leigh says – reply to this


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    They also have legalized child porn, so I'm not sure how progressive this is.



  5. 5

    Re: Anon – You didn't even read the article did you? Perez said he did not believe the US should have a law requiring churches to allow marriage. And no one mentioned the Catholic church. At least read the article before spewing



  6. 6

    Re: Anon – Most gays aren't religious? Has every gay person on Earth told you that. Because Barna Group, which is a faith and culture research and statistical company did a study about that. 72% of straight Americans say faith is a very important part of their life. And 60% of gays say that faith is important in their lives, with 27% of those homosexuals condemning gay practice. So only a 12% difference from straight people and a majority as far as religious to not religious stats. So no, "most gays" are not not religious.

  7. geb910 says – reply to this


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    so sad…. so WRONG. It will never be a marriage — perhaps a union but not a marriage.



  8. 8

    NO house of worship should be forced to perform any cermony that is against their religion or doctrine of the faith. This goes for all houses of worship. Stop shoving this down people's throats, Perez.
    .
    The populations of these contries is dropping so fast that these are groups that may disappear in 3 generations. Maybe they need to encourage some hetro marriages too.



  9. 9

    Re: Anon – There are so many things wrong with your post that I actually thought it was one of those sarcastic posts to prove a point. First of all, you are free to pick whichever gods you want to worship, but you cannot limit the rights of other people in this country. It's no longer just your opinion when it becomes bigoted legislation. And secondly, and perhaps most maddeningly, you cannot, time and time again, use your bible to justify your bigotry and then get insulted when people associate Christianity with bigoted tendencies. It's amazing how many of your arguments were used to justify bigotry toward interracial marriage. You people never learn. Jews and atheists can get married, is it just more difficult to spot them and stand in their way? And lastly, many homosexuals and heterosexuals alike live a good Christian lifestyle without resorting to the bigotry people like you have displayed. Just like many of the other sins on the same page as homosexuality, they realize that some of the words written by MEN in the bible do not fit the fabric of a modern world. I trust I don't have to list them out for you; you've heard them all before. If you want to be a bigot, a racist, a sexist, or just a prejudiced person in general, for the love of god, stop trying to justify it using the bible. Many Christians follow Jesus's word to love and not judge, and you are by no means a better Christian just because you don't have the capacity to do that.



  10. 10

    Re: sick_girl – Though I commend your effort, you're sadly wasting your time. Bigots do not respond rationally to logic or anything having to do with factual information, statistics included. We can't all be thinkers, right!



  11. 11

    Way to go Denmark! Though I don't agree with 'forcing' the church to perform same sex marriages, the legalization of it is commendable. What a fantastic notion to humanity and a step forward for equality.

    Re: stefystef – How embarrassing for you! You clearly didn't read the post, as Perez clearly stated he did not agree with idea that churches 'had' to perform the ceremonies. There goes your argument…

  12. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


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    Re: Anon – i couldnt have said that better myself….exactly right! They don't believe in what the church teaches but they want to get married in a church????? why don't they go build their own buildings….churches are a place of worship for Christians…..if you don't follow the faith, you have no right to want to use the building!

  13. WAHHHHHHHH! says – reply to this


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    why dont gays whine about wanting to get married in a mosque?



  14. 14

    ALTAR, not alter… two totally different things.



  15. 15

    Re: WAHHHHHHHH! – Best comment on this thread. Are gays that wish to be married in the Lutheran Church going to be baptized and confirmed by the church? Or do they just want a pretty place to be married? Are they going to follow the teachings of the Lutheran Church and raise their children, should they have them, by Lutheran beliefs? Or are they going to trot off to atheist land after making their political statement in church?

  16. Julie says – reply to this


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    Thank you for reporting on this. However i do have a little disagreement i would like to express. On paper we might not have a separation of church and state, but ask any Dane, and they will laugh if you think the church has any influence on the government. The law was passed to create equality, not to force something upon the church! That is a very big difference here. The government more or less only gets involved in administrative decisions (wages, real estate, budgets etc), not what they can or cannot do.
    Another thing is that gay couples have been allowed to wed here since 1989. You can be wed at city hall or married in church (those are two different ways of getting married in Denmark and you don't need to do either before doing the other). The only differences between a heterosexual couple being wed at city hall to a gay couple being wed at city hall are two things: 1. laws making explicit reference to the sexes of a married couple do not apply to registered partnerships. 2. regulations by international treaties do not apply unless all signatories agree. Those are understandable, instead laws specifying sexes in a marriage needs to be changed, and we can't enforce danish law outside our borders.
    Thank you for posting this, as a Dane it makes me proud and as a person who believes we are all just defined as humans it makes me happy that this news is being spread. So thank you.

  17. smartcookie says – reply to this


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    *altar, not alter…

  18. Zappy says – reply to this


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    Re: Anon – Hey Anon, Just wait 15 years and Islam will revoke that new law in Denmark and Sweden and they revert to be "un-cool" again



  19. 19

    Re: poodlewithamohawk
    Well, they HAVE to be baptized in order to get married in church in Denmark, so…
    Re: tru leigh
    I don't know what gave you the idea that child porn is legal in Denmark but that is absolutely not true!

  20. Kurt says – reply to this


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    Re: sick_girl – Your name says it all . . . You don't even know the difference between religious and Christianity . . .To be a Christian you need to be repentant and turn from your sin - living in a homosexual relationship as an ongoing un-repentant sinful relationship and cannot be forgiven as no repentance had occurred . . .
    If you do not make your Christian commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, you should not be Baptised, you should not be confirmed nor should you be married in a church under the hand of God by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ . . .



  21. 21

    WTF???!!!! Im all for gay marriage but in the church? HELL to the NO! there is a reason for separation of church and state. They do not equal each other. While the government may allow gay marriage, the church does not and should because the foundation of the entire thing says homosexuality is wrong!!!! this crosses the line.

  22. billywingartenson says – reply to this


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    Re: Anon

    Anon - please read the article carefully instead of rushing to conclusions, Anon would see that.
    in the USA
    it simply asked for respect for gay people and talks about separation of church and state.

    the churches are free to discriminate against anyone for any reason IN CHURCH MARRIAGES, MEMBERSHIP , CEREMONIES ETC

    We're talking here about civil marriage rights under the law. Not religious RITES

    And anon - you should be glad that gays want the right to marry. Maybe they'll do better then the str8s who have a 50% divorce rate

    Strongly suggesting that perhaps 75% of str8s are fooling around on the side

    And gays having equal marriage rights under CIVIL law may also encourage all the st8rs living together outside of marriage to get married.

  23. Katie Murph - EX CATH says – reply to this


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    Re: norwayRe: norwayRe: norwayRe: stefystef

    the Denmark church is a state church. there is btw a move to have separation of church and state

    And end the state finanical support of churches. You cant have it both ways.

  24. Katiemurphy says – reply to this


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    Re: WAHHHHHHHH!

    Why dont yo take your bible to a Mosque and ask for a Xtian marriage - guess what will happen to your neck

  25. Katie Murphy says – reply to this


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    Re: norwayRe: norway

    yes and same thing - ministers cannot be forced to do marriages against their belliefs.

    In Sweden btw about 80% of the ministers will do gay marriages - good for them

  26. K Murphy - ex catholic says – reply to this


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    Re: joethehobo

    re the catholic church - the church that gave the world the hatred of the Jews that led to the holocaust and election of a madman named hitler and 55 million deaths

    Well the German pope did the sin of sins, the unholy of unholies in 2009

    He UNexcommunicated Bishop Williamson, a holocaust denier

    Maybe next he's going to reincarnate Dr. Mengele



  27. 27

    Re: honeylove021
    Doesn't the bible also say slavery is alright? Maybe we shouldn't take it all too litterally but focus on the LOVE between two people rather than their gengers.
    And if God does not approve same-sex marriages, why would he create gay people in the first place? God created us ALL. What makes straight people worth more to God than gay people?
    And no, I am not gay, I just believe in equal right for everyone. Also in the Church.

  28. KMurphy - ex catholic says – reply to this


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    Re: tru leigh

    Mayge if the catholic church had given the priests lots of strr8 porn, and allowed them to masturbate, the church wouldn't have been renamed "church of the endless hidden molestation of children

    Vile crimes which Il Papa himself conspired to hide

    And thinking of the catholic named Mengele in germany, heres what the church did to gay kids in Hollland. Maybe the next major horror beginning to unfold

  29. Mikael says – reply to this


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    Re: tru leigh

    @tru leigh : Child porn is NOT in any way legal here in Denmark! Yes Denmark was the first country to legalize porn, but never child porn. Actually the police here does a great job to catch those who use and distribute child porn. So stop the lies!



  30. 30

    Re: Kurt – I was only responding to Anon's post that homosexuals are not religious, which is false. Because many homosexuals ARE. I even stated in my post that there are 60% of gays say that faith is important in their lives, WITH 27% OF THEM CONDEMING GAY PRACTICE. Meaning that even though they have homosexual feelings they do not act on them. So I'm pretty sure those people don't have an ongoing un-repentant sinful relationship, because they chose not to "sin" in the name of their religion.
    Also, my name on here is a song title. So don't think you know everything about me just by my username on a gossip website.

  31. destiny anita says – reply to this


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    watttttt!!!! AM TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED1 ladies en gentlemen wats going om we need magicians!!!! AMENN!!

  32. Lenn says – reply to this


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    In the Netherlands the church has the right to choose if they want to preform same sex-marriage or not. And that is how it should be. I'am proud to live in the first country that legalize same-sex marriage. I hope many country will follow our example. I live in a country that has separate church and state. That means that the state can not dicide that churches shoul allow gay-marriage. They have there own way of life that I (as a atheist) and the state should respect. Just like they should respect the homosexuels. Besides: would you really want to get married in a church that doesn't accept the way you are? "Congratulations, god makes you man and man but you will go the hell for this". How hypocritical is that?
    FYI: The netherlands has no gay-marriage law. Our constitution says that anyone can mary the person that they want. Now that is Liberal thinking



  33. 33

    Re: Metzen87 – I dont think i and or anyone who smart enough to read, understand, and and critique it would say you take everything in the bible literally. The bible simply doesnt work that way. Many people its a "you must do this, you must do that, or suffer the consequences," but you if truely know the story and the love of god you know god is of love and god is of choices.
    Read the bible, understand, ask,think, critique, criticize, and IF you learn something valuable, apply it to your life. If not dont badmouth someone or a group in society who do.
    And PS, Metzen87, bitch, did you see me say im for gay marriage?!! UGH. loser.

  34. Sofie says – reply to this


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    Seriously, most Christians these days do not believe EVERYTHING the Bible says, in particular not in Denmark, where it would be quite difficult to find a Christian fundamentalist. In Denmark, we do have gay priests and most of the Danish priests do not have anything against marrying homosexuals. I do understand that no one should not be forced to do this if it is against their believe, but it really is a mystery to me that someone can still be against homosexuality. It is a really primitive attitude to have - homosexuals have been in this world as longs as straight people have, I think it's embarrassing that some people cannot accept people based on what their sexuality is.
    But in general, you must understand, that when it comes to religion, Denmark cannot be compared to the US, as religion does not play a big part in most peoples' lives.



  35. 35

    Re: honeylove021 – WHAT?? You're all for gay marriage, but not in the church? And how, pray tell, can you STILL argue that homosexuality goes against god's word, which was written by MAN, when many of the other 'sins' written on the same page YOU COMMIT ALL OF THE DAMN TIME? Seriously! Do I really have to inform you of the many things you do everyday that the men who wrote the bible also said were sins?
    You have GOT to be kidding me. I've seen some really STUPID shit from you, but never to this degree. Did it come out wrong or was it just completely irrational to begin with? I really want to give you the benefit of the doubt.

    Just remember, you can choose to be a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, or any other prejudice, but don't blame it on your god. Many Christians live a moral lifestyle without resorting to bigotry and hate, and you are no better than them for not being able to do the same.



  36. 36

    Re: joethehobo – I dont know what denom you come from but the bible has always been and will always be the word of god. God is perfect, therefore Gods word is perfect. albeit, the bible was written, rewritten, and peraphraized by man, and we all know men are by far not perfect(if it was written by women we would have got that ish down).
    after ACTUALLY STUDYING THE BIBLE, NOT JUST READING A SENTENCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ACTING LIKE YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT IT, my own intrepretation is that, first love god, love jesus, love yourself, love others. every sin can and will be forgiven when asked, all but one. No its not homosexuality, its basphemy.



  37. 37

    Re: honeylove021 – The bible also said SLAVERY and beating up women was okay, and that cutting your hair, wearing mixed textiles, and working on the Sabbath was a sin. YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE!!!! Have you REALLY never thought about this before?

    Either you just don't understand the bible, or you admit that YOU CHOSE TO IGNORE CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BIBLE EACH AND EVERY DAY. Which is it? It's one or the other. I bet you will ignore my post because you won't be able to defend your argument. I don't blame you; I wouldn't want to defend what you said, either.



  38. 38

    Re: honeylove021 – No!! The bible was written by MAN! This should not be new information to you!



  39. 39

    Re: joethehobo

    Yes im for gay marriage, gay should be allowed to go to church, but not to be married in one?! are you kidding???? adam and eve, baby… man as husband woman as wife, you cant implement homosexuality into everything…



  40. 40

    I SAID IT WAS WRITTEN BY MAN YOU DUMBASS!



  41. 41

    I DONT IGNORE PARTS OF THE BIBLE. I READ, I ASK, I THINK ABOUT, I COMPARE, AND IF ITS SOMETHING I FIND VALUABLE TO MY OWN LIFE, I APPLY….



  42. 42

    gay should be allowed to marry…. This a country of freedom….the church is separated from state and shouldnt be forced to do actions they do not approved of justified by the verses in the bible.



  43. 43

    Re: honeylove021 – How can something written by MAN be the infallible word of god?

    And if you cut your hair, wear mixed textiles, and work on the Sabbath, you ARE ignoring the bible. Just because you do it everyday and don't think about it doesn't mean you aren't ignoring it. You have proven my point. Many Christians are able to live a moral lifestyle without resorting to bigotry. You can believe in equality while still being a Christian.

    I think you know what you mean by believing in gay marriage, but not through the church, but no one else does. You are either for gay marriage or you are against it. Pick one or the other.

  44. RailDK says – reply to this


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    Re: tru leigh – Denmark has not legalized child porn! It's never been an issue and it won't ever become negotiable!



  45. 45

    Re: joethehobo
    Dude you cant do everything in the bible, there is no perfect christian, (other than jesus)
    its not about doing everything…its about have point of view, building a character, learning from love. Because when you this world thats all you have. I believe in eqaulity, but i believe god comes first, I believe in gay marriage because it is about love and god is love.

    I think you already so offended by me from the moment i posted im a christian, because you view every christian as a hypocrite, so it doesnt matter what i say.
    I have realized not every one believes in god, you have realize not everyone will accept gay people



  46. 46

    Re: honeylove021 – I have made it very clear that I do not associate Christianity with bigotry. I have posted many times, on this very thread, that there are many Christians who do not resort to bigotry. I have written that it deeply saddens me that some people use the bible as a weapon for hate and bigotry, when, if they had any respect for it at all, they would use it for love instead. I think it would be easier for you to view me as an irrational enemy of all Christians, when I have proven, time and time again, that that is so far from the truth.

    It amazes me that something so ambiguous as your faith, which you have admitted, is ambiguous and you make your own decisions for it, would lead you to believe that you have the ability, and most of all the license to limit the rights of other people while you 'sort out' which parts of the bible you believe are right and wrong. My point is, I respect you and your faith and your right to worship any number of gods you see fit, but when you believe you have the right to determine which of the rights you enjoy should be taken away from me, that's where I draw the line. And please, don't reply that you support gay marriage when you have made it very clear that you don't. It's insulting.



  47. 47

    Re: joethehobo
    what amazes me is you think i am enemy because i read a big fat book. you judge on blog when you dont even know me or why i have faith. Ironically, that is what gays are fighting for, not to be judge for who they are and how they act… i think the act of hypocrisy falls on you.



  48. 48

    Life’s too short to be sitting around miserable
    People gonna talk whether you doing bad or good, yeah
    Got a drink on my mind and my mind on my money, yeah
    Looking so bomb, gonna find me a honey
    Got my Ray-Bans on and I’m feeling hella cool tonight, yeah
    Everybody’s vibing so don’t nobody start a fight, yeah-ah-ah-ah.

    Cheers to the freaking weekend
    I drink to that, yeah yeah
    Oh let the Jameson sink in
    I drink to that, yeah yeah
    Don’t let the BASTARDS get you down
    Turn it around with another round
    There’s a party at the bar everybody put your glasses up and
    I drink to that



  49. 49

    Re: joethehobo – You have resorted to completely ignoring my words and trying to play the victim. I don't hate you for being a Christian. I hate you for calling me immoral just because of the way I was born. Talk about judging someone without knowing them. That's the bigot in you speaking, not the Christian. You need to learn to recognize the difference. You're the one trying to limit the rights of other people and you call me the one who is judging. That was your choice to take that position. You can't call a whole society of people immoral, sinful, and ungodly, and then act stunned when people assume you are a bigot.

    You have yet to acknowledge the many times I asked you how you felt about picking and choosing different parts of the bible to abide to, and how it is possible for the bible to be the infallible word of god when it was written by many different men across many centuries. You clearly are not able to keep up in a rational conversation, and I think you are hurting your cause more than helping. If you want to stop arguing, I won't blame you, but I'm happy to stay. Since the discussion on gay marriage ultimately affects you in no way, I would understand if you wanted to go talk to someone else about 'how you believe in gay marriage, but not really'…



  50. 50

    Light the F""K Up!!! Seriously! You are so offputting and so full sh"t i can even smell it through the LA pollution. Its 2012! I never you were immoral!! I said you were a dumbass and hypocrite. DO you realize you dont have prove you derserve your rights??? Only that you need votes to allow gay marriage? And apparently you never have enough because if you did, we wouldnt be having this ridiculous issue. And alienating the very few people who could help pass this law might not help the LGBT petition in the long run. Thank GOD you are not the Gay Superior because the hate you hate have for everyone nongay is soo clear and distinct.
    The ISSUE HERE is not the what the bible says, this isnt a christian country, it should display unbiased policies. I dont judge anyone because i dont like to be judge myself.
    Pull your head out of ass and look around, not everything/everyone is either black or white.



  51. 51

    I have no problem continuing this conversation. it is not a debate im not trying to win anything, im just stating my opinion. i too have rights…



  52. 52

    Re: honeylove021 – I have proven many times on this site that I don't see the world as black and white, and gay vs nongay. In fact, I have been very critical to the people who do think this way, even though they believe in my rights. I think it was awful how Tyler Climenti's roommate was put in prison for a low prank, and I have spoken out many times against Perez Hilton's alienating and confrontational crusade against straight people.

    Part of the issue here is that the rights of any american citizen should never be left up to a public vote. In the 1960's the government stepped in in favor of civil rights, and today it should be no different. You say we don't have to fight for our rights, but we DO. Every day. Even if not by you, we are called immoral and ungodly every single day of our lives. The reason it's hard for me to just 'lighten the f*** up' is because every day I am labeled as a second class citizen just because of the way I was born, and there are people who don't even know me who will actively go out and vote against my right to marry.

    The thing that makes me sad is that I think you are trying to be a good, open-minded, and fair person, which is why it doesn't make sense to me that you could be against gay marriage.



  53. 53

    and dont say gay marriage doesnt affect me, it very much does. YOU DONT KNOW ME to say that. how dare you. my best friend and cousin who i have know since days in the sandbox are gay and are together…



  54. 54

    and of course im a fashion designer and wont isnt gay in that industry…



  55. 55

    Re: tru leigh – Dude, it is not okay to lie. Denmark is one of the most progressive and liberal countries in the world. Child porn is not(!) legal here. Please, stop being stupid and ignorant and start to use valid arguments.

  56. AMB says – reply to this


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    Ah, well, The Church of Denmark is actually under the state - de jure there isn't seperation of church and state (though certainly de facto - in fact the oppesite situation of the US), so the priests are actually working for the government, just like those giving civil partnerships at city hall - so it is impossible for the government to support same-sex marriage, without 'forcing' the church to perform it. I agree that the government should not dictate rituals of a religious institution, which is why seperation of church and state is crucial to both.



  57. 57

    Re: honeylove021 – And you don't think it hurts these friends of yours that you don't feel they should be allowed to marry through the church? If anything, being close to this many gay people should compel you to want to help them live the best life they possibly can, rather than stand in the way of them.

    The truth is, gay marriage does not affect you. Acting insulted by that truth will still not make it affect you.



  58. 58

    I think we're coming off here s both being misunderstood, when really were fighting for the same problem. I'm srry you have been treated so unfairly, especially when undeserved. Ah, quite a conversation.i actually enjoyed it, I guess because I'm saggitarius, idk. Until next time.



  59. 59

    they dont want to be marry in the church, thats the point.
    okay well gay marriage doesnt affect me, then i wont cast vote for something that doesnt affect. thank you very much and srry california.



  60. 60

    Re: honeylove021
    I did not say you are for but against and what you said about how you should read the bible is actually (almost) spot on! I just don't know how you can say that the bible is about love but you don't think it is ok for two people who love each other to be married in a church.

    Btw, you seem like a lovely person ;-)

  61. Karl says – reply to this


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    From now and on Danish parliament must to change a general name for all Danish Churches. Now they must to call them “HOUSE of SODOM”. A Church is a place where is a presence of the HOLY SPIRIT. Do you think HE will stay in such place? (check in a Bible if you have doubts with an answer) Would be you as a Christian visit SUCH a PLACE where at once gay marriage happened??????????

  62. Seto says – reply to this


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    Re: honeylove021 – You again, come on…

  63. yaddayadda says – reply to this


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    ANON - i dont recall anything in the bible about using electricity or flying in planes (not in the bible = GOING AGAINST GOD”S WILL RIGHT???) hmmmmmmm interesting !(ohhhhhh just when you decide its against HIS will) xxx

  64. Mikkel says – reply to this


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    Please note that every priest have the choise to not want to do it. It is made sound like any church and priest is forced to do it by politicians.
    It is now a possibility. A possibility I am proud of as a Dane. But respect is still shown to priests who does not wanna perform this ceremony.

  65. Lemonz says – reply to this


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    Re: honeylove021
    I'm sorry, but the Lutheran Church of Denmark is NOT separate from the State. There is an offical government position where a politician is set as Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, which is the 2nd highest authority in the churches after the Queen.
    So, basically everyone pays for the 100's of Lutheran churches in Denmark through taxes and the Government is the ONLY legislative body of the church, so priests and bishops don't make the laws in the church.
    However, no priest is required to wed gay couples if it goes against his beliefs, but this requires the bishop to find a priest that will, and "lend" the priest for the ceromony, even if it's outside his own parish. He will be financially compensated for the ceremony of course.
    However, the main point of this law was to make every religious group that is legally capable to web people, to make up their own minds according to their own philosophy - and to do that, you must go through the Church of Denmark, since it's the only offical STATE religion.

    So basically, no one is forcing anyone to do anything. Only opening doors to the future.

  66. Lemonz says – reply to this


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    Re: tru leigh
    Child porn is NOT legal in Denmark.

    Where do you people get your information from? Some smut shop behind the homeless shelter?

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    Re: tru leigh – Ahm, no we definitely haven't… Where have you heard this?