May 1, 2016 at 12:12 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Faroe Islands legalize same-sex marriage

Faroe Islands, gay news, Washington Blade

Tórshavn, Faroe Islands (Photo by Erik Christensen; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Lawmakers in the Faroe Islands have approved a bill that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Members of the Faroese Parliament voted for the measure on April 29 by a 19-14 vote margin. The Copenhagen Post reported that Georg L. Petersen, an editor for Dimmalæting, a Faroese newspaper, said the bill contains a provision that does not allow gays and lesbians to marry in churches.

“The church has been left out of the proposal, because otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible to get the religious parties to vote for it,” said Petersen, according to the Copenhagen Post.

The Faroe Islands are a self-governing archipelago within Denmark. Slightly less than 50,000 people live in the country that is located between Iceland and Scotland in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Lawmakers in Greenland approved a same-sex marriage bill on May 26, 2015. Gays and lesbians in the semi-autonomous country within Denmark have been able to legally tie the knot since last October.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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