Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is set to approve a ritual for same-sex marriages in congregations of the 4.5-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.
Eight of the church's 10 bishops sent the ritual to the country's ministry of ecclesiastical affairs June 11. The ritual states that pastors with a theological objection can choose to not use the rite.
Denmark's Parliament changed marriage laws in June 2012 to allow same-sex couples to marry in civil or church ceremonies.The move follows a 1989 state decision to allow these couples to register as partners, followed by a 2005 decision by six of 10 church dioceses to allow congregations to bless these partnerships.
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