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31 October 2011

Gay rights pioneer Axel Axgil dies

Axel Axgil, whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalise same-sex partnerships, has died at 96.

Axel Axgil, whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalise same-sex partnerships, has died at 96.

On 1 October 1989, he and his partner Eigil were among 11 couples to exchange vows as Denmark became the first country to allow gays to enter civil unions, with nearly the same rights as heterosexual couples. Eigil Axgil died in 1995.

 
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