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Denmark Legalizes Same Sex Marriage, Does Not Burst Into Flames.

luke 2012/06/11 19:13:01
Four days ago, the Denmark parliament voted 85-24 to legalize same sex
marriage. Curiously, the earth did not open up and swallow the entire
country, nor did the skies darken, nor acid rain scour all life from the
land.

The law, which takes effect June 15, will put Denmark on
equal footing with other Scandinavian countries such as Iceland and
Sweden which allow full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, to which 80 percent of
the Danish population belongs, will be able to perform marriage
ceremonies under the new laws. New rites were written up by ten of the
Church’s eleven bishops in a spirit of “good cooperation”, Bishop Kjeld
Holm said.

"The law, which takes effect June 15, will put Denmark on
equal footing with other Scandinavian countries such as Iceland and
Sweden which allow full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, to which 80 percent of
the Danish population belongs, will be able to perform marriage
ceremonies under the new laws. New rites were written up by ten of the
Church’s eleven bishops in a spirit of “good cooperation”, Bishop Kjeld
Holm said.


Same-sex couples will be able to marry in churches of their choice
but priests will not be obliged to perform weddings. They would,
however, need to help the couple find a priest who would marry them at
the church under the new law."

There are a handful of countries that have full marriage equality and
they have not experienced a degradation of the family unit, an increase
in divorce rates or a surge in child molestation. I do not have the
statistics to back this up, and I don’t need them.


Why?



Because these are all myths invented by Christian radicals, and if any of it was borne out by real world data we would never ever hear
the end of it here in America. The religious right doesn’t even try to
lie or exaggerate about the “repercussions” of same sex marriage in
other countries. That should tell you everything you need to know about
it.



The same thing applies here in regards to the several states that
have legalized same sex marriage. No skyrocketing divorce rates, no
natural disasters from a wrathful God. Nada. No one is forced to perform
marriages against their will. No one is being turned gay. No one has
caught the cooties. Nothing. Can we please just accept the fact that
same sex marriage has absolutely no effect on anyone except the people
actually getting married, and move on? We have actual problems to solve
and catering to the childish prejudices of religious fanatics is not one
of them.





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  • Joanie 2012/06/11 19:30:35
    Joanie
    +4
    The United States used to lead the way in matters of freedom, liberty, and recognition of the dignity of all people. Now, as a result of people who call themselves "conservatives" and tend to vote Republican, we are losing our edge and our reputation.

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  • beach bum 2012/06/17 22:16:47
    beach bum
    ok
  • HAlex1972 2012/06/13 04:51:50
    HAlex1972
    +1
    Amazing.
  • Bingo's Faddah 2012/06/12 14:06:34 (edited)
    Bingo's Faddah
    I guess the entire population will burn in Hell for eternity!

    guess population burn eternity
  • luke Bingo's... 2012/06/15 01:59:04
    luke
    +1
    Hell doesn't exist.
  • Bingo's... luke 2012/06/15 12:55:52
    Bingo's Faddah
    Except in the minds of those easily led. The smiling chimp indicates sarcasm.
  • Willski 2012/06/12 13:51:39
    Willski
    Yup. that's what happens. Maybe you should add "homophobes get pissed" though.
  • Tasine 2012/06/12 13:28:18
    Tasine
    Flames didn't break out, huh? You are old enough to realize that not all consequences are immediate. Sometimes it takes a while and when such is the case, the consequences are usually more severe.
  • Willski Tasine 2012/06/12 13:53:17
    Willski
    +2
    Yeah, the flames will come when the homophobes riot, or firebomb places that hold gay marriage.
    (Like oh-so-peaceful christians did to places that showed Jesus Christ Superstar. That was a great musical. And not an attempt to say that christians are bad, just an example.)
  • Scream 2012/06/12 12:05:14
    Scream
    +1


    Meanwhile in Australia, civil unions are about to be repealed. We need to take a leaf from Denmark's book.
  • Billy the kid 2012/06/12 12:03:34
    Billy the kid
    And what does that stupid statement prove?? Precisely zilch! MERELY that the tentacles of 'Political Correctness' are spreading their insidious, misbegotten, evil and perverted, poisonous messages throughout the entire Planet
  • luke Billy t... 2012/06/15 02:00:24
    luke
    It has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with equality.
  • jOkEsOnYoU 2012/06/12 06:56:52
    jOkEsOnYoU
    +2
    Go Denmark!

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  • Icarus 2012/06/11 19:55:29
    Icarus
    +3
    Love the wording of the question :-) Raved.
  • Joanie 2012/06/11 19:30:35
    Joanie
    +4
    The United States used to lead the way in matters of freedom, liberty, and recognition of the dignity of all people. Now, as a result of people who call themselves "conservatives" and tend to vote Republican, we are losing our edge and our reputation.
  • Metaldane 2012/06/11 19:30:30
    Metaldane
    +3
    Makes sense Scandinavia has always been a pretty peaceful tolerant laidback place sure if ya piss em off you get the Vikings lol but usually Scandinavians are cool I should know my family comes from Denmark
  • Cuppajo 2012/06/11 19:22:41
    Cuppajo
    +2
    So move to Denmark and stfu.
  • luke Cuppajo 2012/06/11 19:32:24 (edited)
    luke
    +3
    How about people like you stop being bigoted, stfu, and let people marry the other human that they want to, especially since it has no effect on you at all.
  • Cuppajo luke 2012/06/11 19:34:40
    Cuppajo
    You can have all the civil unions (and divorces) that you want. Marriage, by definition, is one man and one woman.
  • luke Cuppajo 2012/06/11 19:36:19 (edited)
    luke
    +4
    Words are also redefined. The definition of marriage has been redefined multiple times. The fact that one can no longer exchange 3 goats, 2 cows, a bag of grain, and a hill for a farmer's daughter as a bride shows that it has changed before, and it will change again.
  • Cuppajo luke 2012/06/11 19:38:26
    Cuppajo
    Hey! Good thinking! Here's a word for you! Don't like it? Too bad.
    blocked
  • Metaldane Cuppajo 2012/06/11 19:33:31
    Metaldane
    +1
    Or he could act like a normal person and bitch about a problem until it's fixed lol.
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/06/11 19:22:28
    Mark In Irvine
    +1
    leading the way into the future!

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