Danish Supreme Court throws out challenge forbidding same-sex white weddings

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The highest judicial institution in Denmark decided that the religious wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples are not going against the law. Same-sex civil unions have been legally recognized in Denmark since 1989, when the rest of the world refused to do it. In 2012, same-sex marriages were legalized, including marriages performed by the Church of Denmark. Legalization came about through a constitutional amendment that changed the recognition of marriage from solely being between a man and a woman to being between two people regardless of gender. The 2012 amendment has been challenged by opponents of same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, what is noticeable is that the church itself was not against it. , Foreningen Med grundlov Skal Land Bygges, the group of 300 people, stood behind it. The individuals have argued that the amendment violates their right to religious freedom. They claimed any same-sex marriages performed by the Church of Denmark since 2012 should be ruled invalid. They also claimed that their right to religious freedom was protected by European Human Rights legislation. Today, the Supreme Court disagreed on both counts, and said that the amendment was within the scope of what the Danish Parliament can decide.

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