Denmark is set to become the 11th country to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples, Berlingske Media reported.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Tuesday announced that the government will introduce a gay marriage bill on Wednesday.

If approved, gay couples will be allowed to marry either at City Hall or in the Church of Denmark, provided a priest agrees to officiate.

β€œIt will be up to each priest whether he or she will perform gay marriages, but the government gives all members of the church the right to get married in the church, whether they want to marry a person of the opposite or same sex,” Thorning-Schmidt told reporters.

The legislation, Thorning-Schmidt said, will come into effect on June 15.

Denmark became the first country to legalize registered partnerships for gay couples in 1989.

While 7 European countries have legalized gay marriage, only 2 – Iceland and Sweden – allow full wedding ceremonies for gay couples.

Polls show that a large majority (69%) of Danes support allowing gay couples to marry in the church.