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Same-sex marriage rejected at priest conference

Over 40 priests and theologians put forward a proposal regarding legalizing same-sex marriage in Iceland at a priest conference yesterday. The majority of the conference attendees voted against the proposal, 64 to 22.

“This conclusion does not surprise us,” said Frosti Jónsson, director of Samtökin 78, the union of gays and lesbians in Iceland. “It reflects the hesitation of the State Church towards homosexuals in general.”

“I’m ashamed on behalf of the State Church – and I know many priests agree with me – for the fact that the fight for gay and lesbian rights did not go further at this conference,” Reverend Bjarni Karlsson told Fréttabladid.

“The priests don’t own the church; that is not the way it is. The church belongs to Jesus Christ and the church is formed by every congregation the country. So although this was rejected in one election, it is not the end,” Karlsson said.

“I believe all people, also those against gay rights, realize that our community and the church will eventually reach the maturity to respect all people, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Karlsson added.

Karlsson said the discussion about the subject had been factual and honest, and he thanked Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson for reserving so much time at the conference.

The bishop recommended at the conference that attendees would accept another proposal, on giving priests the authority to bless the cohabitation of same-sex couples, which was accepted with 69 votes to 19.

Click here to read the original story about the proposal on same-sex marriage.

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