Denmark approves the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the Faroe Islands

It now means same-sex marriage is legal in every Nordic country.

Denmark has approved the Faroe Islands’ vote to legalise same-sex marriage.

The country had voted to legalise it last year, excluding religious ceremonies, but it required formal approval from Denmark, which voted to legalise same-sex marriage in 2012, to be brought into law.

Eiler Fagraklett, head of LGBT Faroe Islands said: “It was an intense, exciting and unpredictable moment. When the MPs finally passed the amendment to the bill and thereby granted us with equal rights, it came as a huge relief.”

“For the coming generations of LGBT people, it will make a world of difference to be able to enjoy the same rights as other citizens. Life has been made a lot better and easier for us in the Faroe Islands.”

LGBT rights have been improving in the Faroe Islands in recent years, with polls in 2014 suggesting that 2/3 of the population supported the new legalisation of same-sex marriage, and the first openly gay politician being elected in 2015.

The first same-sex wedding ceremonies are expected in July.

Words Matt Moore

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