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Priests in Iceland Emit Bill on One Marital Law

By Iceland Review

By a narrow majority at the national priests’ convention on Thursday, Icelandic priests voted to refer the ruling of Minister of Justice Ragna Árnadóttir’s bill on one marital law, that is, that the same law should apply to the matrimony of same-sex and heterosexual couples, to the doctrine committee of the State Church.

Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Svanfrídur Lárusdóttir, chairwoman of Samtökin 78, an interest and activist group for homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals in Iceland, told that the priests’ decision at the convention indicates fear.

The decision is not surprising, she said, adding that the church is isolating itself. “I believe this will move the church further away from the state.”

However, Lárusdóttir said, priests are not taking a position against homosexuals, they simply find it more comfortable to postpone the decision on one marital law by sending the bill to the committee as they are afraid to make a conclusive decision themselves.

Same-sex marriage is legal in Iceland, but the law that applies to same-sex marriages is not the same as the one that applies to heterosexual matrimony.

Click here to read more about same-sex marriages in Iceland.

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