(ENI) Danish Lutheran church proposes same-sex marriage rite

Eight of the ten bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark on June 11 presented a ritual for same-sex marriage to the country’s Ministry of Ecclesiastical Affairs.

Their action came in response to the Danish Parliament’s decision on June 7 to change the marriage legislation so that from June 15 same-sex couples may be married in a civil ceremony or in the state church, the church’s website Folkekirken.dk reported.

The ritual states that pastors who cannot theologically support same-sex marriage shall be free not to use the rite. Denmark’s sovereign, Queen Margrethe II, is expected to approve the new ritual shortly. A rite for the blessing of civil same-sex marriages was also proposed by the bishops.

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2 comments on “(ENI) Danish Lutheran church proposes same-sex marriage rite

  1. deaconjohn25 says:

    The farce of Gay “marriage” continues. Only a few days ago I saw a news story that said 7 out of 10 Danish bishops opposed gay “marriage.” But today I read 8 of 10 have decided to crawl on their knees to the government’s Diktat.(Is that a pinch-or pound- of incense I smell burning to the gods of modern decadent culture?)

  2. TomRightmyer says:

    The Church of Denmark is more closely tied to the state than other Nordic churches. It has no legislative body other than Parliament. About 80% of the people claim membership; polls suggest that 25% believe in Jesus as Son of God, and 5% attend on an average Sunday. The church keeps the records of birth, marriage, and death. Copenhagen has an Anglican church in a pretty park.