Greenland legalizes same-sex marriage

On the 26th of May, 2015 Greenland’s parliament  voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized same-sex marriage in 2012.

In February, it was announced that a bill to remedy this would be introduced in spring, which parliament passed by a vote of 27-0 with two absentations.

The law will come into effect on 1 October.

Greenland is a large ice mass in North America populated by just 57,000 people, most of whom are Inuit.