Axel and Eigil Axgil, October 1, 1989
They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark’s legalisation of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname, Axgil, a combination of their given names, as an expression of their commitment. Axel died on October 29 this year. Eigil died in 1995. The couple had already been together 40 years at the time of their partnership registration.