Thursday, June 7, 2012

Denmark Requires ALL Lutheran Churches Marry Same-Sex Couples

UPDATE: Another article from The Washington Post clarifies the issue. This applies only to the Lutheran church in Denmark at present.

Despite some ministers refusing to do the ceremonies, the law has gone through. Coming to a country near you soon? I know civil disobedience will happen in Denmark by some brave people. Pray for them and for us.
The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages.

Denmark's church minister, Manu Sareen, called the vote "historic".

"I think it's very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married. Today, it's only heterosexual couples."

Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry out the ceremony, but the local bishop must arrange a replacement for their church.

The far-Right Danish People's Party mounted a strong campaign against the new law, which nonetheless passed with the support of 85 of the country's 111 MPs.

"Marriage is as old as man himself, and you can't change something as fundamental," the party's church spokesperson Christian Langballe said during the debate. "Marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman."

Karsten Nissen, the Bishop of Viborg, who is refusing to carry out the ceremonies, has warned that the new law risks "splitting the church". Continue Reading.

2 comments:

Amanda Borenstadt said...

This is a horrible injustice--the stripping away of religious liberty. I'll be praying for those brave ones who refuse.

Nathan said...

If there is any silver lining in a horrible story like this it could be this very issue that, once and for all, ends the Protestant Schism. Those who believe in the Gospel may have to return to the Church, who continues to teach the Apostolic Faith, while the various Protestant State churches one-by-one start marrying same sex couples.