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    Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote | 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.

    Iceland, a socially tolerant island nation of about 320,000 people, became the first country to elect an openly gay head of state in 2009 when Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir became prime minister after being nominated by her party.

    "The attitude in Iceland is fairly pragmatic," said Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, a political scientist at the University of Iceland. "It (gay marriage) has not been a big issue in national politics -- it's not been controversial."
    Amazing how an issue can be so divisive in the United States but in Iceland someone said "Hey let's legalize same sex marriage" and their entire legislature said "Hey yeah let's do that."

    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."
    ATTACK ON ARE RELIGIOUS FREEDO-oh wait.

    Why can't America be this tolerant?

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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Rock on

    I do wonder why something seemingly so simple elsewhere turns into a bitch-fest ordeal in the US.
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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    Rock on

    I do wonder why something seemingly so simple elsewhere turns into a bitch-fest ordeal in the US.
    I think the difference is that in most Western countries marriage is more a civil matter than a religious one. When you take religious objections out of the debate, there's really not much argument left against gay marriage.
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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote | Reuters

    Amazing how an issue can be so divisive in the United States but in Iceland someone said "Hey let's legalize same sex marriage" and their entire legislature said "Hey yeah let's do that."

    ATTACK ON ARE RELIGIOUS FREEDO-oh wait.

    Why can't America be this tolerant?

    edit: Comedy option: The volcano eruption was God preemptively smiting them.
    Lets see a popualtion of 320,000 compared to a population of 300,000,000+ divided into 50 states.

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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Lets see a popualtion of 320,000 compared to a population of 300,000,000+ divided into 50 states.

    I don't know, you tell me?
    LOL Great point.

    But lets not waste taking a shot at religious people who don't agree with us right Deuce?

    How very tolerant of you.
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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Certainly it is a whole lot easier to get 320,000 people to get behind something than 1000 times that many. However, I would be interested in knowing the religious makeup if Iceland, both denominationally and in intensity. There is little question in the US that these factors DO affect support of lack of support for gay marriage.
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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Lets see a popualtion of 320,000 compared to a population of 300,000,000+ divided into 50 states.

    I don't know, you tell me?
    I'd rather compare a country that has separation of church and state to a country that has a state church.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I'd rather compare a country that has separation of church and state to a country that has a state church.
    Well lets see....

    Separation of church and state according to the Constitution and 13th Amendment says the government shall pass no law based on religius law. Nor shall they infringe on the practice thereof.

    Well it looks like it really has no bearing as no one is passing a law based on a religious law in the US.
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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    Certainly it is a whole lot easier to get 320,000 people to get behind something than 1000 times that many. However, I would be interested in knowing the religious makeup if Iceland, both denominationally and in intensity. There is little question in the US that these factors DO affect support of lack of support for gay marriage.
    You are correct. I would like to see that myself.
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    Re: Iceland passes gay marriage law in unanimous vote

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I'd rather compare a country that has separation of church and state to a country that has a state church.
    The fact that the country has a state church isn't as important as the make up of that church and the devoutness of the citizens. From what sources I've seen, only 10% of the population attends church at least once per month. Now that may not necessarily reflect the devoutness, but it does give us a clue.
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