Denmark Celebrates 25 Years Of Marriage Equality With ‘Equal Love’ Photography Exhibition

Axel & Elgil, Denmark's first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership, the precursor to same-sex marriage. [Image: LGBT Danmark]

Axel & Elgil, Denmark’s first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership, the precursor to same-sex marriage. [Image: LGBT Danmark]

Twenty-five years ago the first same-sex couple was lawfully married under the Danish registered partnership law, the first of it kind and an inspiration for same-sex marriages, partnerships, civil unions and family laws in countries all over the world.

To mark the occasion, an exhibition: Equal Love Silver Anniversary, Copenhagen 1989-2014 will be held September/October 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, where the first couple said ‘yes’ to each other 25 years ago. 

“October 1st, 1989. That’s a day to remember,” says Søren Laursen, Chair of LGBT Danmark. “On that day Copenhagen Town Hall was crowded. It was a Sunday, and the town hall was supposed to be closed. But it was the day the law on registered partnership came into force. Therefore Copenhagen municipality decided to open the doors anyway to host the world’s first registrations: 11 gay couples became the world’s first registered partnerships.”

“The first couple to enter a registered partnership was Axel and Eigil Axgil. Back in 1948 Axel Axgil founded LGBT Denmark, then the League of 1948. It was a time of oppression and he suffered many difficulties personally. In 1989, in another time, he entered the first registered partnership with his long-time partner, Eigil Axgil.”

To celebrate, the team behind Equal Love want to collect wedding pictures and rainbow family photos from all over the world. Send your photos by uploading them to Twitter with the hashtag, #equallove25, or send them to A free web exhibition will also be available on

“We want to show everybody that it was not the end of the world when the first same-sex couple was married 25 years ago. Life goes on. For better. For worse. And for all, irrespective of sexual orientation and gender identity”.

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