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Iceland Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir Welcomes Legalization of Gay Marriage by Marrying Her Partner

Iceland's marriage equality law came into effect yesterday. To mark its enactment, the country's lesbian Prime Minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, married her partner, writer Jonina Leosdottir

Sigurdardottir"Iceland's parliament on June 12 unanimously adopted legislation allowing gay marriage, in a law that came into force on Sunday. Homosexual couples could previously enter into a civil partnership and benefit from the same rights as heterosexual couples, but this had not been considered a formal marriage. Miss Sigurdardottir, born in 1942, took power in February 2009. She has lived with Miss Ledsdottir, who is in her fifties, for several years and the couple entered a civil union in 2002. She is the world's first openly gay head of government."

Talk about leading by example.

Parliament's vote on June 11 to legalize same-sex marriage was unanimous — 49-0.

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  1. Áfram Ísland!

    Posted by: Kári Emil | Jun 28, 2010 9:24:47 AM


  2. Not to be too pedantic as I realise that typing eth can be a pain, but you can always copy-paste it from wikipedia:

    Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Jónína Leósdóttir

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Jun 28, 2010 9:43:59 AM


  3. Wow! Who knew that Diane Keaton was a lesbian?

    Posted by: Alan E. | Jun 28, 2010 9:44:42 AM


  4. Iceland shows to the world!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 28, 2010 9:49:02 AM


  5. Great! Iceland is now forever in my prayers.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 28, 2010 10:42:55 AM


  6. All I can say is "wow" about this story! 1. to the prime minister marrying her partner and 2. for the vote to be unanimously in favor! Go Iceland! They make us seem like we are in the dark ages!

    Posted by: james Brown | Jun 28, 2010 5:15:19 PM


  7. Congrats both from Spain! It´s a big step for human being.

    Posted by: SERGIO | Jun 30, 2010 4:29:20 AM


  8. True dat, Sergio, The more the better. :)

    Posted by: EoinM | Aug 7, 2010 12:38:56 PM


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