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Denmark launches contest to celebrate 25 years of same-sex marriage

Thanks to a recent wave of changing public opinion in the U.S., gay couples can now legally wed in seventeen states plus Washington, D.C. (Utah is still pending).

But in Denmark, same-sex marriage is nothing new — it's been legal there for nearly 25 years. In celebration of their 25th anniversary of allowing same sex couples to marry, an American couple will get the chance to marry each other there with the country'sValidate Your Love contest.

The contest, hosted by VisitDenmark.com, wants same-sex American couples to submit a video detailing their love story and use the hashtag #ValidateYourLove on Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, Vine or YouTube. Contestants must also fill out a form on the site to qualify.

The story judged to be the most creative and inspiring will be flown out to Copenhagen courtesy of Scandinavian Airlines on May 4th for a six-night stay in the Danish capital.

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The winners will be married in a ceremony on the streets of Copenhagen, a free dinner at Tivoli Gardens andtwo free tickets to see the Eurovision Song Contest finale on May 10th.

For the duration of their stay, Denmark’s famous mile-long street known as “Strøget” will be transformed into the “Eurovision Fan Mile." The street will be the site of numerous viewing parties hosted by some of Copenhagen’s most famous gay venues, including “Centralhjørnet”, one of Europe’s first gay bars.

The contest runs from now through April 6th, with the winning couple being notified on April 8th.

 
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