Celebrating a quarter of a century of gay unions, Denmark has announced plans to hold open-air mass weddings during the week of Eurovision in May. Weddings will be available to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, including foreigners.
“I am sure that many couples, gay and straight from both home and abroad will accept this offer,” said the chairperson of LGBT Denmark, Søren Lauersen.
Copenhagen’s Citizen Service director, Thomas Jakobsen, told press, “As a city, we put a lot of effort into making everyone welcome and the Eurovision Song Contest is an excellent opportunity to offer weddings.”
The first ever legally recognized same-sex union was performed in Denmark twenty-five years ago in 1989. This May, Copenhagen will stage the mass weddings in the days leading up to the Eurovision grand finale on May 10.
This is set to coincide with the Eurovision semi-finals, held in the city on May 6 and May 8, as well as the finale. The thirty-seven countries competing this year include Russia, which has faced criticism for its anti-gay laws passed in 2013.
According to Gay Star News, “Last year, international song contest organizers raised concerns over Russia’s gay propaganda laws. They warned if Russia fails to guarantee full creative freedom and make sure no gay person would be arrested under the homophobic legislation, like they have failed to do so at the Sochi Olympics, then they would be banned from hosting the contest.”