The former integration minister, Birthe Rønn Hornbech, compared gays with Iberian slugs, known as killer slugs in Denmark, during a hearing on gay marriages that took place Monday night.

Former Danish minister: Gays and killer snails comparable

The Danish minister of culture, Uffe Elbæk, is both angry and surprised by a comment made by Denmark’s former integration minister last night at a hearing on homosexuals’ right to marriage.

Elbæk quoted the former integration minister’s statement on his Facebook wall yesterday:
“Apart from the killer slug and a few other species, the world consists of males and females, and that is why the world still exists,” Birthe Rønn Hornbech said according to the openly gay minister of culture who also urges his followers to “read that citation one more time”.

Birthe Rønn Hornbechs comment is, not surprisingly, met by a lot of criticism from several of Uffe Elbæk’s Facebook followers. Klaus Bondam, former employment and integration Mayor in Copenhagen, writes “thank you for reminding us of the scary amount of homophobia that exists just beneath the nice polished Danish surface”, while another follower denotes the controversial comments as “completely outrageous” and asks if she can possibly be penalised according to Paragraph 266B of the Penal Code, otherwise known as the racism paragraph which includes discrimination based on sexual orientation.

BT, a Danish newspaper, which also brings the story, has asked Birthe Rønn Hornbech to comment on the issue and she states in an email that she has nothing to say to Uffe Elbæk’s comment on Facebook but confirms that: “What I said yesterday was a description of reality”.

Uffe Elbæk does not want to comment any further on the issue.

Photo: Håkan Svensson