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Iceland makes nine – passes marriage law

Timothy Kincaid

June 11th, 2010

From Reuters:

The Althingi parliament voted 49 to zero to change the wording of marriage legislation to include matrimony between “man and man, woman and woman,” in addition to unions between men and women.

Unanimous. Very cool.

Iceland’s protestant church has yet to decide whether to allow same-sex marriages in church, although the law says “ministers will always be free to perform (gay) marriage ceremonies, but never obliged to.”

Our heartfelt congratulations.

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TampaZeke
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

My pick for who would be first.

It looks like my pick for second, Nepal, may be out of the running for while due to technical difficulties.

Strange that no other gay blog has posted this story yet.

BTB, first to the punch with the IMPORTANT stories, once again.

TampaZeke
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Oh, I forgot the most important thing…

CONGRATS ICELAND!

Chris McCoy
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Til hamingju!

Ben Mathis
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

I knew it would pass, but I had no idea it would be unanimous. I predict tonight at the gay bar will be quite the party.

Eddie89
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Congratulations to ALL the people of Iceland!!!

Rob
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

I’m surprised it took them that long. Then again they are facing a serious financial collapse.

TampaZeke
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Alright Finland and Denmark, it’s all up to you now. You are the last holdouts in Scandinavia. Denmark was the FIRST country to pass partnership recognition for gay couples. It’s odd that they are one of the last in Scandinavia to grant full marriage equality.

TampaZeke
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

I forgot Greenland; but I think as goes Denmark, so goes Greenland.

Richard Rush
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a country where very few people are obsessed with religion? According to Wikipedia:

About 283,000 Icelanders (89.3% of the population) are members of Christian congregations, of which most (251.331 people or 79.1%) are members of the Church of Iceland. According to a 2004 survey 69.3% of the total population claimed to be “religious,” whereas 19.1 per cent said they were “not religious” and 11.6 per cent were unable to state whether or not they were religious. Of those who said they were religious, 76.3 per cent said that they were Christian, while 22.4 per cent said that they “believed in their own way”.

As in the other Nordic countries, church attendance is relatively low; only 10% of Icelanders go to church once a month or more frequently, 43% say that they never attend church and 15.9% say they attend church once a year.

Once again we can observe that reduced obsession with religion seems to correlate with reduced social dysfunction and higher moral standards.

Congratulations, Icelanders, for creating such a wonderful country for yourselves!

Audrey the Liberal
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Gay marriage is great, but what Iceland really needs are some vowels.

Douglas
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Audrey wins the thread!

Burr
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Can’t wait for the usual yahoos to blame the next volcanic eruption on this. :P

johnathan
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

TampaZeke: You are correct. Greenland is part of Denmark.

johnathan
June 11th, 2010 | LINK

Oops…CONGRATULATIONS Iceland! Now, I need to seriously think about getting the hell out of this country. If only I could get used to the idea of the bitter cold.

Well, at least Spain and Portugal are at least available.

grendel
June 12th, 2010 | LINK

johnathan – you might be surprised at how mild the climate of Iceland is. And here in Victoria, British Columbia, the climate is practically mediterranean – Short mild winters and dry sunny summers. And unlike Spain and Portgual, Canada welcomes immigrants.

Timothy (TRiG)
June 13th, 2010 | LINK

Congratulations Iceland!

Audrey, if Iceland is short of vowels, Wales is in a critical condition!

Richard Rush,

Once again we can observe that reduced obsession with religion seems to correlate with reduced social dysfunction and higher moral standards.

A remarkably consistent finding, actually. (I really do love the barmaid.)

TRiG.

Timothy Kincaid
June 14th, 2010 | LINK

Richard,

That may not be so close of a correlation on an international level. It seems to be a bit of a mixed bag.

Going by church attendance, there are two countries with higher attendence than the US who already have marriage equality: Portugal and South Africa.

But within the US, there is a pretty stong correlation.

Richard Rush
June 14th, 2010 | LINK

Timothy,

Could these tidbits from Wikipedia possibly begin to explain some differences in Portugal from other predominantly Roman Catholic countries?

The most predominant religion in Portugal is Roman Catholicism. Approximately 84% of the population is nominally Catholic, and about 19% attend mass and take the sacraments regularly, while a larger number wish to be baptized, married in the church, and receive last rites.

In contrast to that of Spain, Roman Catholicism in Portugal was softer and less intense. The widespread use of folk practices and the humanization of religion made for a loving though remote God, in contrast to the harshness of the Spanish vision. In Portugal, unlike Spain, God and his saints were imagined as forgiving and serene. In Spain the expressions depicted on the faces of saints and martyrs were painful and anguished; in Portugal they were complacent, calm, and pleasant.

I have nothing to say or cite about South Africa.

Timothy Kincaid
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

Richard,

Yes, I think it does speak to social attitudes. Perhaps it is less about the extent to which an area is religious and more about the way in which they view the divine.

A culture that is less observant but who has an angry demanding god may be less tolerant than one in which folks more regularly worship a benign deity. Or, perhaps, it’s vice versa. Perhaps tolerant cultures trend towards tolerant gods.

Richard Rush
June 15th, 2010 | LINK

Timothy wrote:

A culture that is less observant but who has an angry demanding god may be less tolerant than one in which folks more regularly worship a benign deity. Or, perhaps, it’s vice versa. Perhaps tolerant cultures trend towards tolerant gods.

I agree.

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