Greenland's parliament on Tuesday
unanimously approved a bill that legalizes gay marriage in the island
Denmark granted Greenland autonomy in
1979, though it remains a country within the Kingdom of Denmark.
Greenland's culture and politics continue to be influenced by
In 1996, Greenland (population 57,000)
adopted Denmark's registered partnership law, which provides gay and
lesbian couples with nearly identical rights provided to married
The move to adopt Denmark's marriage
law, approved in 2012, was supported by the government of Greenland
and approved unanimously with two abstentions during its second
reading held Tuesday, two months after its first reading.
Gay couples can begin exchanging vows
on October 1, 2015.
Sofie Petersen, the Lutheran bishop of
Greenland and the second female bishop in the Danish Lutheran Church,
has previously endorsed marriage equality.