The city of Copenhagen will perform wedding ceremonies for both homosexual and heterosexual couples from around the world leading up to Denmark’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
“We have already scheduled to marry 20 to 30 couples in our calendar, both Danish and foreigners. On the first of the three days, we start with three Russian gay marriages,” Flemming Otto, who is in charge of the event, said on Thursday.
“It’s no secret that the Eurovision Song Contest will attract many people from the gay community to Copenhagen, and last year Denmark passed new legislation that made it easier for us to marry foreign same-sex couples,” Otto said.
This year is the 25th anniversary for same-sex civil partnerships in Denmark, which was the first country in the world to allow such unions since 1989. In 2012, this was replaced by a same-sex marriage law.
“We would like to strike a blow for the diversity and openness we have in Denmark. We are looking forward to marry all the happy couples, and I’m convinced we’ll be very busy,” Otto said, adding that the municipality will marry couples on May 7, 8 and 10 at three different popular locations in Copenhagen.
This is the third time Denmark will be hosting Eurovision, which has a large following in the gay community and whose motto this year is “Join Us”.
The Eurovision Song Contest, much loved and derided for its no-brow showcase of diverse talents and music from all over the continent of Europe, has always had its share of controversy and talking points.
Last year, Finland's contestant Krista Siegfrids made headlines when she kissed one of her female backing singers onstage in Malmo, Sweden during her performance of her song Marry Me. The performance drew much praise from gay rights activists across Europe.
This year, on the other hand, sees a 'bearded lady' representing Austria. Tom Neuwirth, or better known as his drag persona Conchita Wurst, rose to prominence in 2006 when he entered an Austrian music reality show and clinched second place.
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