A Danish ex-MP shocked colleagues this week when she reportedly alluded to killer snails while rallying against marriage equality.
A Danish politician has compared gay marriage to ‘killer snails’ during a hearing on same-sex unions on Monday (14 May).
‘Apart from the killer snail and a few other species, the world consists of males and females, and that is why the world still exists,’ said Birthe Rønn Hornbech.
Danish minister of culture, Uffe Elbæk, posted the quote on his Facebook page and, in disbelief, urged people to read the bizarre remark ‘one more time’.
The ex-MP’s comments seem to have backfired however, with a number of lawmakers commenting that she had reminded them of the amount of homophobia that still exists in the country and the pressing need to uphold the dignity of LGBTs by allowing them access to marriage.
In March of this year Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt announced plans to legalize marriage equality.
Draft legislation is expected to be introduced in the next few weeks.
Denmark’s legislation will not only allow civil marriage but will also legalize church weddings–this at the discretion of religious institutions who may wish to perform such ceremonies.
While seven European countries have legalized same-sex marriage, Denmark would join a select few — just Iceland and Sweden — in giving the Church the option to marry same-sex couples.
Polls suggest that a strong majority of Danes support allowing gay couples to marry in church.