First gay civil union law goes into effect

On October 1, 1989, the Registered Partnernship Act went into effect in Denmark. It was the first law in the world that allowed civil unions between homosexual couples. While other nations have since fully legalized full gay marriage through the courts or legislations, Denmark is still trying to pass a fully gender-neutral marriage law.

Read a report on the world's first civil unions from the New York Times.


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