GAY COUPLES CAN NOW MARRY IN GREENLAND


Greenland Gay Pride 2012

Far-flung Greenland has joined the list of countries to legalise marriage equality.

Legislation allowing gay couples to marry both civilly and religiously was unanimously approved by the Greenlandic parliament – 27 votes to 0 – back in May 2015 but it didn’t come into effect until April 1.

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“We have long waited for this day. To have the opportunity to enter into marriage means a lot to many couples regardless of the gender of one’s partner,” Nivi Olsen, the country’s Minister for Culture and the Church, said in a statement.

“I am therefore pleased that a united Parliament finally made it a reality.

“The Government warmly welcomes this new opportunity and the national church rejoices that we are ready for the new era.”

Gay couples can also be able to adopt children from July 1 this year.

The country proudly celebrated its first ever gay pride parade, Nuuk Pride, in 2010, which attracted more than 1000 people to the streets of the sparsely-populated country.