In previous decisions, the board has found that asylum seekers should hide the cause of their persecution if they are able, for instance religious belief or sexual orientation. The board’s decision suggests a more progressive policy, one which treats the open expression of identity as a human right.
Now that St Petersburg is off the travel list, you have the great country of Denmark to replace it!
Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced in a press conference draft legislation will be submitted by the Danish government on Wednesday allowing same-sex couples to marry at City Hall and the Church of Denmark provided they find a willing priest.
“It will be up to each priest whether he or she will perform gay marriages, but the government gives all members of the church the right to get married in church, whether they want to marry a person of the opposite or same sex,” PM Thorning said in Tuesday’s conference.
It looks like the Denmark government wants to push for even more equality by allowing same-sex couples to get married in a church. While I think this is wonderful, I don’t ever want our government to get involved with our churches here in America. I love the fact that we (mostly) keep our religion and government separated. I mean, really, if the Christians can’t even agree on what the bible is telling us, why would we want our government to add yet another definition? Besides, who wants that many indecisive people in our government?
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark’s government wants to allow same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings, instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state Lutheran Church currently offers.
The government said Wednesday it’s preparing to launch a proposal in February to change Denmark’s marriage laws.