The annual conference of the ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland is currently underway.
According to the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, a “heated debate” took place yesterday when a group of ministers challenged their colleagues to permit the Church to marry homosexual couples.
A committee is drafting a resolution for the conference on various religious issues. The draft includes language that would permit minsters to bless the relationships of homosexuals. Some ministers want to go even further and marry homosexual couples.
According to Fréttabladid, the Bishop of Iceland said yesterday that many wedding ceremonies had become “phony” with no connection to the true values and solemness of matrimony. Pop music was being performed instead of psalms at weddings; he encouraged ministers to unite against the “deconsecration” in Icelandic churches.