Gays Going to the Chapel - to Get Married in Denmark
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - As of Friday the 15th of June, same-sex marriages are a reality in Denmark, and across the country several churches are showing their true rainbow colors this week.
Numerous Danish churches have welcomed the new equal marriage laws that were approved by the parliament on the 7th of June 2012 and go into effect today.
"It is extremely important and wonderful to be able to celebrate that we are finally able to allow same-sex couples to marry in the church. The fact that priests have been prevented from carrying out same-sex marriages has been a violation of the Christian belief, of love and of human equality. Until now I have been forced to treat others as if their love was inferior and second class", says Charlotte Cappi Grunnet, minister in St. Thomas Church in Frederiksberg to Homotropolis.
During the week several churches in Denmark have shown their support for gay marriages both in words and by displaying rainbow colors.
Stefanskirken, a church in Copenhagen, has had rainbow colors hanging on the outside of the building all week (photo), and also welcomed the new law on the day it was approved with a big banner saying "Love knows no gender - congratulations Denmark."
On Sunday numerous churches in Denmark, mainly in the capitol of Copenhagen, have arranged festive commemoration services in the name of equal marriage followed by speeches and celebrations, and Sunday just before noon, at 11.30, great amounts of rainbow colored balloons will be sent up from multiple churches within the Copenhagen area.
St. Matthew's Church in Vesterbro district of Copenhagen has named their celebration of same-sex marriages on Sunday "Let your feet do the talking", and encourages all citizens who believe that the Danish church has taken an important step in the right direction with the new law to "let their feet do the talking" and show up in their church on the 17th of June.