New rules drive up the cost of love
With new laws set to kick in that require co-habitating couples to live up to the same obligations as married couples, one young couple wonders why they dont get the same benefits
Dale said that the couple are being treated like a married couple, but receiving none of the tax breaks or benefits that married couples enjoy.
Martin Dale's income as a musician and producer will be docked to cover his girlfriend's disability
How often do you have sex?
In a somewhat bizarre twist regarding the new laws, 4,700 couples in Copenhagen over the age of 25 have received letters from the City Council asking them to clarify the status of their relationships. In short, are they having sex? And how often? Six out of ten Danes are opposed to the new laws governing unmarried couples, which have the potential to cost 5,000-7,000 kroner per month.
Dale wondered, bemusedly, exactly how the city intends to administer and enforce that part of the new law. “It’s impossible,” he said.
Dale said that he is not sure what he and Kastrup will do if the laws take effect.
“Our choices are to split up, move out of Denmark, or I can give up my business and quit working and we can just live on benefits,” he said. “None of those are real options."
Denmark needs to take care of its own
Dale contends that the new laws are unconstitutional; violating the sections of the constitution that say that it is the state’s responsibility to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves.
“I am a British citizen, not a Dane, and I am now forced to take on the responsibilities of supporting a Dane that the state should be required to take care of.”
Dale said that he and Kastrup cannot get married because he is a property owner, and Kastrup would lose her benefits completely if they married.
“We can’t do it because I pay a mortgage,” said Dale. “Right now we have an okay lifestyle. I can afford the occasional bunch of flowers or a small gift, but if these new laws take effect, or we get married, we will lose everything.”
Dale said he will be contacting several ministers and intends to continue his fight against the new laws.