Iceland Legalizes Gay Marriage
BY Michelle Garcia
June 11 2010 11:15 AM ET
The nation of Iceland, which is the only country with an openly gay prime minister, voted unanimously on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Althingi parliament voted 49-0 to change the wording of its marriage legislation to include same-sex couples.
Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, a political scientist at the University of Iceland, told Reuters that the country is fairly pragmatic, and that the international press made a bigger deal out of the sexual orientation of lesbian Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir than the domestic news outlets.
Gay marriage, Kristinsson said, "has not been a big issue in national politics — it's not been controversial."
The Protestant church of Iceland has not yet decided whether to allow gay and lesbians to marry in its buildings.