Denmark: Minister’s dissention ushers in headscarf ban

Judges in Danish courts will be banned from wearing headscarves and other religious apparel, under a new proposal put forth by the government. The bill, which also states that judges in all courts would be required to wear robes, is being supported by the parliament, including the Social Democrats – which is the largest opposition party. The proposal comes after almost a month of debate that would exclude Muslim women who wore headscarves from becoming judges. However, the ban, if passed, would apply to all forms of religious apparel, including Jewish yarmulkes and Christian crosses.