Up to Bat: Greenland

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In May of 2015, Greenland made headlines when its Parliament unanimously approved a gay marriage and adoption bill. While the original proposal envisioned weddings beginning in October of that year, the requirement that the Danish Parliament formally approve the bill postponed its enactment until the spring of 2016.

Danish Parliamentary approval did not come to fruition in 2015 as a result of that country’s parliamentary elections that summer. The Danish Parliament is compelled to formally approve Greenland’s bill as a result of the 2012 Danish marriage bill, which states that neither of the Danish Kingdom’s constituent countries, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, shall be affected by Danish marriage law. Denmark must now pass an amendment allowing for Greenland’s gender-neutral marriage legislation to come into effect.

After the Danish Parliamentary elections in June, new copies of the Greenlandic bill were registered in Denmark, a development that was met with approval by Danish politicians who proceeded to give the bill the greenlight during its first reading on November 5th.

The second reading of the bill is set for January 14th with the final reading due on January 19th. Contingent upon Royal Assent, Greenland’s marriage law would go into effect on April 1st with the adoption law following on July 1st.

For more information on the LGBT rights situation in Greenland, please visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Greenland

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