Copenhagen’s offer to tourists: get married during Eurovision12 February 2014 at 13:01 CET
Officials in Copenhagen obviously took Krista Siegfried’s message to heart when she performed Marry Me for Finland in Malmö last year. Wearing a wedding dress, and kissing one of her backing singers, she made headlines at home and abroad.
Now that Denmark is to host the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, they would like to top the Finnish performance: the City of Copenhagen wants to all couples the chance to get married in the days leading up to the Grand Final at three chosen places in Copenhagen on the 7th, 9th or 10th of May.
“Since 2010, we have had a lot of success marrying same- and opposite-sex pairs in the open air at selected locations in Copenhagen. As a city, we put a lot of effort into making everyone welcome and the Eurovision Song Contest is an excellent opportunity to offer weddings”, explains the director of Copenhagen’s Citizen Service, Thomas Jakobsen, who is responsible for marriage ceremonies in the City.
“In 1989, Copenhagen City Hall performed the world’s first ever civil partnership. Now, 25 years later, the City of Copenhagen will once again play host to diversity with wedding arrangements in the city”, says Søren Lauersen, Chairperson of LGBT Denmark.
"I am sure that many couples, gay and straight from both home and abroad will accept this offer”, he went on to say.