Earlier this year, we reported that Copenhagen would become the chapel of love come Eurovision time by staging a series of straight and gay Eurovision weddings. Now, we learn that three Russian gay couples will be the first to be united into matrimony.
Copenhagen municipality will marry couples at three different popular locations in the Danish capital on May 7, 8 and 10. Eurovision 2014 office manager Flemming Otto told Reuters news agency that, “On the first of the three days, we start with three Russian gay marriages.”
So, on the 25th anniversary since the first same-sex civil partnerships were officially registered in Denmark, the authorities will start by marrying three same-sex couples from Russia, taking a very public stand against the rampant homophobia in their country of origin.
Not all of the 20-30 couples who already registered to get married during the Eurovision week are same-sex, but it will be the lesbian and gay weddings that will unquestionably draw the most media attention. “It’s no secret that the Eurovision Song Contest will attract many people from the gay community to Copenhagen, and last year Denmark had new legislation that made it easier for us to marry foreigners of the same sex,” Otto said. He added, “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.”
Denmark is taking a cue from Sweden, whose host Petra Mede “married” a gay couple on the Eurovision stage last year, at the 6:09 minute mark in the video below:
This, however, takes LGBT rights to a whole new level and the marriages concluded in Copenhagen will be official. We can expect that Russia and other homohobic countries might be appalled by this move or that they will shrug it off as “Western gay propaganda,” however we hope that this will open the minds of the Eurovision fans – and contestants – who may be homophobic. We are not going to name any names and point any fingers, but let’s hope that the Danish manifestation of love will bring more tolerance to the participating countries who fail to acknowledge, accept and embrace the significant gay audience of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Having said that, could we possibly have Krista Siegfrids, our Dana International 2013 award recipient, “marry us, baby”? We would definitely say, “I do!”
What do you think about the Danes’ openness? And are you tempted to put on a ring on it if you come to Copenhagen?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.
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