LGBT rights in Denmark
|LGBT rights in Denmark|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 1933,|
age of consent equalized in 1977
|Registered partnerships since 1989|
Same-sex marriage not recognised
|Adoption||Full adoption rights since 2010|
|Military service||Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation protections (see below)|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights in Denmark are generally extensive, and Danish society is very tolerant of homosexuality.
Former laws against homosexuality
Recognition of same-sex relationships
Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex unions, in 1989. The Danish parliament, Folketinget, has since discussed same-sex marriage, artificial insemination of lesbians, and couples' rights to adopt.
A December 2006 European Union member poll showed Danish support for same-sex marriage at 69%. Angus Reid Global Monitor conducted the poll for issues regarding European Union integration. With the attitudes in Europe regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage; Denmark proved to be high on the list of possible nations that would grant marriage to Gay and Lesbian citizens, in third place behind The Netherlands (82%), and Sweden (71%).
Adoption and family planning
Since 1999, same-sex couples can adopt their partner's biological children (stepchild adoption) and, in March 2009, the Danish Parliament decided to work on legislation allowing same-sex couples to jointly apply for adoption. The formal decision passed in Danish parliament on 3 May 2010. On 2 June 2006, a majority in Folketinget voted for abolishing a law that since 1997 had banned lesbians from insemination.
Homosexuals are not banned from military service.
Danish law includes protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Hate crimes laws
Danish law includes hate crimes legislation, which adds extra penalties for crimes committed against people because of their sexuality.