Danish Gay-Rights Pioneer Dies

    FILE - This Aug. 2006 file photo taken in Copenhagen, Denmark shows Axel Axgil whose struggle for gay rights helped make Denmark the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships. Danish gay rights group LGBT Danmark said that Axgil, aged 96, died in a hospital in Copenhagen on Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 following complications from a fall.  (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Niels Hougaard, File)  DENMARK OUT

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    Axel Axgil, a gay-rights pioneer who helped make Denmark the first nation to legalize same-sex partnerships, has died. The 96-year-old Axgil passed away in a hospital in Copenhagen on Saturday from complications from a fall. In 1989, he and his partner, Eigil, and 10 other gay couples exchanged vows after they fought to make Denmark allow same-sex civil unions. Eigil Axgil died in 1995. In the 1950s, they were sentenced to short prison terms for pornography charges after running a gay modeling agency.

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