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Not a Single Icelandic Lawmaker Voted Against Legalizing Gay Marriage

The other day I received an email from a rep at the Icelandic Tourist Board, hoping Queerty would help shape coverage of Iceland more positively as part of the “Inspired by Iceland” campaign they’re working on. She suggested I share the above video with all of you, where Icelandic singer Pall Oskar talks to some gays about August’s Reykjavik Gay Pride. And now I’m thinking: Why didn’t you just wait and tell me about Iceland, the only country with an openly gay head of state (Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir) would see its parliament vote 49-0 to legalize same-sex marriage?

By:           Arthur Dunlop
On:           Jun 11, 2010
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  • 24 Comments
    • Blake J
      Blake J

      A country not scarred by religion, OMG!

      I wonder what the weather and job opportunities are like.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Couldn´t Care Less
      Couldn´t Care Less

      Icelandic guys are hot….too bad the country is broke…

      Jun 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @Blake J: As for the weather, the *name* says a lot :) Well, when volcanic activity isn’t melting the ice, anyway.

      Anyone know when the new law takes effect?

      Jun 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryanthehulk
      Ryanthehulk

      I’m already looking for apartments in Reykjavík, lol.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      Wow…men that hot….no wonder the ice-caps are melting!!!!

      Jun 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Faketroll
      Faketroll

      God obviously caused the volcano to happen because of Iceland’s tolerance of homosexuality.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert, NYC
      Robert, NYC

      Now we have 7 European countries on board, well done Iceland. Shame on the U.S.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      I’m going to make an effort to take a trip there. Good to reward places that accept us. I’d rather they have our tourist dollars then some gay hating places like Jamaica, Russia, etc…

      Jun 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      Good on Iceland! Once again, the good, Ole’ US of A is out shined by a smaller, more liberal nation, who makes America look like a bully with nukes.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sam
      Sam

      Yes, he’s cute and yes, Iceland is gay friendly, but before you get ready to pack, remember that the WHOLE COUNTRY has about as many people as Rockford, IL.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 4:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • That Bitch Téa Delgado
      That Bitch Téa Delgado

      Well, I’m sure Iceland has a more slammin’ gay scene than Rockford, IL.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      @Sam: Iceland has double the people of Rockford, Illinois. And a documented history of more than a thousand years.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lamismaluna
      lamismaluna

      BRB moving to Iceland.

      Jun 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr Rodgers
      Mr Rodgers

      Do they have Long Iceland tea there?

      Jun 12, 2010 at 8:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan
      Ryan

      For the record, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is the head of government, not the head of state. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the head of state. And, by the way, even though no one voted against the law, 14 MPs abstained.

      Jun 12, 2010 at 9:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert in NYC
      Robert in NYC

      Christopher di Spirito, No. 9….yes indeed, it does make the U.S. look rather backward.

      Argentina, Luxembourg and Slovenia currently have legislation pending, although Slovenia is “iffy”. I expect Argentina to legalize it and if that happens, I won’t be surprised to see Brazil follow Portugal’s lead.

      I expect Denmark to be next which will make Scandinavia an entirely same-sex marriage region, just like the Iberian peninsula comprising Spain and Portgual.

      What needs to happen now in Europe is for Sarkozy of France to be booted from office, along his counterpart, Angelika Merkal of Germany. If they get socialist governments and that could well happen, then I think both will legislate for same-sex marriage, there is a lot of support for it. That done, the EU Commission will have to rethink its policy of non-interference in the marriage laws of member states and could well usher in mandated same-sex marriage across the union. Imagine the implications of that for the U.S.

      Jun 12, 2010 at 10:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • declanto
      declanto

      As far as religion goes, it’s scandinavian brand Lutheran.

      Jun 12, 2010 at 10:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Erlingur
      Erlingur

      @Ryan: Not quite – those 14 did not abstain, they were simply not present during the vote. I can´t speak for them, but I imagine had they been present they would also have voted for the law. There has been absolutely no vocal in-government opposition to this law since it was brought up.

      Jun 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan
      Ryan

      @Erlingur: Point taken. Thanks!

      Jun 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jorge
      Jorge

      What’s odd to me is that if none voted against it, why wasn’t the issue raised sooner?

      Jun 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Revemupman
      Revemupman

      Nice victory but its a small one. Iceland only has a grave town population.

      Jun 13, 2010 at 3:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • REBELComx
      REBELComx

      @hyhybt: It may be a bit on the chilly side, but don’t you remember 7th grade history? Iceland is green, Greenland is icy.
      @Faketroll: Ironic since, other than evacuating a village or two, the volcano didn’t really screw up their economy much, just Europe’s and America’s.

      Jun 13, 2010 at 8:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Willhelmina
      Willhelmina

      @Revemupman: I´d rather live in a grave town, having all my civil rights than living in a big American city where I have no rights at all…

      Jun 13, 2010 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt
      hyhybt

      @REBELComx: No, but I do have a good excuse: I changed schools the middle of that year, and since the books were arranged differently, I got some material twice and some not at all :)

      Jun 13, 2010 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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