(20 November 1955 - living) Denmark
Anders Carsten Damsgaard, born in Gjellerup, (Denmark's ambassador to Israel) and Esben Karmak (1967? - living - Ph.D., employed by a Copenhagen business school) were the first same-sex couple to register as partners in the foreign service, since 1992.
Carsten told the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, November 30, 2006, that he slept with his partner of more than 12 years, Esben Karmark, the night they met.
"I saw a very attractive man, we started to talk, and we knew immediately that that was that," Damsgaard said. "Our internal worlds were identical. We read the same books. We saw the same films. We spoke in a similar way. I was 37. I had had earlier relationships, so I could compare, but he was only 25, and in any case he had something adult, and he saw he was like me.
"We went to bed on the first night, which I didn't always do, and I don't recommend that everyone have sex on the first night, but in our case it was the correct thing to do. Since then, essentially, we haven't been apart."
Carsten said he and Esben are happy in Israel, citing "the unmediated warmth, the temperament, the climate, the sea, the smells, the fruits and vegetables." "The young men here also seem excellent," he said. "It is true that Israel is a place where everyone interferes with your private space, but this does not really bother me. I come from a very restrained culture, and I am not seeking to duplicate it everywhere I go."
"Tel Aviv is a very cosmopolitan city with great nightlife, terrific restaurants, beautiful people," Carsten added. "A regular party town. It's more of an international city than many places in Europe. It's the most exciting place I've ever been."