Denmark's ruling Liberal Party has come out against a ban on the circumcision of young boys, meaning the controversial citizen's proposal is unlikely to make it through parliament.
"It has been difficult today, and if we had taken the easy route, we would have said 'yes' to a ban," the party's group chairman, Søren Gade, told the Berlingske newspaper after a long-drawn out meeting of party MPs to discuss the issue on Tuesday.
Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, the party's political spokesman, told the paper that views had been split across the party.
"Many have veered both for and against. There are really a lot of arguments both for and against, and many among us held different views."