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Denmark forces churches to perform same-sex ‘marriages’
Life Site News ^ | June 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON

Posted on 06/07/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT by NYer

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, June 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  The nation of Denmark has voted to force churches in the established Evangelical Lutheran Church to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies inside their sanctuaries, although one-third of all the denomination’s priests say they will not participate in such rituals.

Danish parliament voted by an overwhelming 85-24 margin to compel churches to carry out unions for same-sex couples that are identical to heterosexual marriage celebrations.

The law takes effect June 15.

Since 1997, homosexuals have been able to get “married” in a blessing ceremony after the normal church service.

Under the new law, priests may opt out of performing the “wedding” service for theological reasons.  However, a bishop must arrange for a replacement.

Click “like” if you want to defend true marriage.

The bill’s prime sponsor – Denmark’s church minister Manu Sareen, who is an agnostic – called the vote “historic.”

“I think it’s very important to give all members of the church the possibility to get married,” he said.

The Danish People’s Party opposed the legislation. “Marriage is as old as man himself, and you can’t change something as fundamental,” said Christian Langballe, the party’s church spokesperson.

Former politician Stig Elling said it was “positive” that “there are so many priests and bishops who are in favour of it.”

“We have moved forward,” he said. “It’s 2012.” 

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark has been Denmark’s official state church since 1849.

The passage of the Danish bill comes as pro-family activists the world over are warning that the homosexualist agenda is threatening the basic freedoms of religious believers all across the West.

Although the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from dictating church doctrine, religious institutions have already been subjected to government censure or private lawsuits if they refuse to allow homosexual couples to rent their facilities for a ceremony that deeply offends the church’s core doctrines of marriage and family.

The city of Hutchinson, Kansas, recently adopted a non-discrimination statute that would require houses of worship that rent their facilities to the public to allow same-sex “marriages” on the premises.

“If a church has a parish hall that they rent out to the general public, they could not discriminate against a gay couple who want to rent the building for a party” such as a same-sex ceremony or reception, according to a city FAQ about the ordinance.

Jacksonville, Florida, is currently considering a similar ordinance.

In January, Judge Solomon Metzger ruled a New Jersey Christian retreat house affiliated with the United Methodist Church could not refuse to rent its premises out for a homosexual “wedding.” 


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: celebratesin; churchandstate; denmark; homonaziagenda; homosexualagenda; lutheran; statereligion; waronreligion

1 posted on 06/07/2012 3:18:12 PM PDT by NYer
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To: lightman

Ping!


2 posted on 06/07/2012 3:19:39 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
The city of Hutchinson, Kansas, recently adopted a non-discrimination statute that would require houses of worship that rent their facilities to the public to allow same-sex “marriages” on the premises.

“If a church has a parish hall that they rent out to the general public, they could not discriminate against a gay couple who want to rent the building for a party” such as a same-sex ceremony or reception, according to a city FAQ about the ordinance.

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3 posted on 06/07/2012 3:21:19 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer
although one-third of all the denomination’s priests say they will not...

I hope and pray that the status of the other two-thirds is: evaluating, prior to stating they will not either. Anything else is slouching, as it were, as Robert Bork puts it.

4 posted on 06/07/2012 3:22:36 PM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: NYer

“Danish parliament voted by an overwhelming 85-24 margin to compel churches to carry out unions for same-sex couples that are identical to heterosexual marriage celebrations.”

Identical? :? How about the part where the minister says “I now pronounce you man and wife?” :?


5 posted on 06/07/2012 3:25:01 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; narses

Ping!


6 posted on 06/07/2012 3:33:49 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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Here is the real agenda; to pervert the tenets and foundation of Christianity. The Left can go to Hell.


7 posted on 06/07/2012 3:41:28 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: NYer
Doing to the definition of the word “marriage” what they did to the definition of the word “gay” making it something nauseating but God help you if they catch you hurling.

Are you white, male, and picked on? Become a homosexual and you will join the ranks of the most powerful and privileged “minority” in Western Civilization.

Just say you're “gay” and you'll have it made—haven't heard yet if any proof is required,

8 posted on 06/07/2012 3:42:47 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Political Correctness forces people to say one thing and vote another.")
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To: NYer

hunh wow did they force God to consummate them?


9 posted on 06/07/2012 3:51:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: NYer
called the vote “historic.”

He got that right. As Europe free falls into a Dark Age unlike any in history.

10 posted on 06/07/2012 3:54:12 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Long may our land be bright with freedom's holy light.)
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To: Happy Rain

Federal funds go to countless companies and institutions. The government dollars flow directly through subsidies or indirectly through tax credits (churches).

Just about every organization is vulnerable to the gay Nazis.

Where are our freedoms going?


11 posted on 06/07/2012 3:59:43 PM PDT by heye2monn
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To: NYer
" . . . although one-third of all the denomination’s priests say they will not participate in such rituals. "

If they're anything like the Lutherans I met during over thirty years of being a Lutheran, that's about the same percentage that actually believe in something other than "good clean work with no heavy lifting" in this country, too.

IMHO, it's actually a good thing since identifying and separating the wheat from the chaff is long overdue. This is such a public issue that when the worm turns those now going along with heresy and blasphemy won't be able to pretend they were never a party to such things.

12 posted on 06/07/2012 4:04:38 PM PDT by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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To: NYer

The problem is that the Evangelical Lutheran Church is the established (state) church in Denmark.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Denmark
The UK parliament could probably do the same to the Church of England. Non established churches in Denmark are not affected


13 posted on 06/07/2012 4:12:30 PM PDT by FewsOrange
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To: NYer

One of the problems with an Established church is that it is at some level beholden to do what the government instructs. The “separation of church and state” (that pesky phrase folks who have never read the Constitution erroneously believe is in there) was meant to protect the free exercise of individual human conscience, NOT to take the Almighty (however one defines Him) out of the public square or chambers of government.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 4:36:02 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: NYer

I wonder if this obsession by the Sodomites to get “married” was included as a meaning in the Good Lord’s statement to the effect that in the last days they shall “be marrying and giving in marriage.”


15 posted on 06/07/2012 4:46:57 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: NYer
The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.

Psalms 12:8

I keep looking up for the big asteroid.

(Youtube: Asteroid Impact HD, set to Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig in the Sky.”)

16 posted on 06/07/2012 4:55:23 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: NYer

Denmark’s church minister Manu Sareen, who is an agnostic


What’s wrong with this picture????

Really, this is what happened in Sweden when the state forced the Lutheran church to allow women to be ordained, much to the chagrin of then-bishop Bo Giertz. The Ev. Lutheran Church in a lot of European nations (Germany, Sweden, Denmark) made the mistake of getting in bed with the government long, long ago, and they are still paying the price.


17 posted on 06/07/2012 5:07:42 PM PDT by Conservaliberty (25 and conservative. I guess I have no heart, Oh, well, makes shooting the bad guys easier.)
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To: NYer

** in the established Evangelical Lutheran Church**


18 posted on 06/07/2012 5:35:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: FewsOrange

Interesting quotes from the article:

“Fewer than 5%[citation needed] of church members attend services every week. However, the church is still widely used for traditional family ceremonies including christenings and confirmations. In the year 2008, 41% of weddings and 89% funerals were performed in the National Church,and 71% of adolescents in grade 7-8 were confirmed.

“According to a 2009 poll, 25 percent of Danes believe Jesus is the son of God, and 18 percent believe he is the saviour of the world.”


19 posted on 06/07/2012 5:51:27 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: NYer

Coming to America if Obama gets re-elected. Bank on that.


20 posted on 06/07/2012 5:53:30 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: NYer

bfl


21 posted on 06/07/2012 9:42:23 PM PDT by pigsmith
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