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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of same-sex marriage in Denmark

28.04.2015  08:11

Ambassador speech 

In October 1989 Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize formal registered partnership for two people of the same sex - with the same legal benefits and obligations as marriage. Therefore the first same-sex couple have recently celebrated their silver wedding anniversary.

In Tokyo the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride took place in 25-26 April. Ambassador A. Carsten Damsgaard gave a speech highlighting the pioneering Danish legislation regarding LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. The British, Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors as well as the Deputy Heads of Mission from Germany, Israel and the Netherlands also spoke. The five Nordic Embassies in Tokyo (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) had a shared Nordic booth at the Tokyo Rainbow Pride during the weekend where information material were handed out to visitors and many questions answered.

Before the opening of Tokyo Rainbow Pride the Danish Embassy held a reception on 23 April on the occasion of a new billboard on the Embassy façade celebrating 25 years of same-sex marriage in Denmark. Guests also had the possibility of being photographed under the flower-decorated arch (æresport) – a Danish silver wedding tradition.


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