Saturday, July 3, 2010

International news: Iceland, and Ireland

Iceland's prime minister got married this week.
Iceland's Prime Minister is now the world's first national leaders with a same-sex spouse. On Sunday Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, 68, married her long time partner, writer Jonina Leosdottir.....

Sigurdardottir and Leosdottir celebrated their union with a Lutheran church ceremony....

On June 11, Icelandic 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.

And in Ireland, civil unions:
The Bill recognising the civil partnership of same-sex couples passed all stages in the Dáil tonight without a vote.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said the Civil Partnership Bill would put in place a legal regime that reflected the many forms of relationships in modern Irish society.....

The purpose of the new Bill is to establish an extensive package of rights, obligations and protections for same-sex couples who register as civil partners.

All parties in the Oireachtas formally supported the legislation, although individual TDs and Senators have expressed criticism.....

The Catholic bishops have come out strongly against the legislation. However, Government ministers recently dismissed claims from them that the Bill may be unconstitutional.

This AP article does a good job summarizing the international scene for GLBT people. From a married prime minister in Iceland, to a death penalty in Uganda.

1 comment:

Erp said...

The related article is also interesting

Irish people have been considering the issue of legal recognition of same-sex couples and families for almost a decade, and numerous opinion polls have shown that the overwhelming majority of us (up to 84 per cent) are in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry or form civil partnerships. The recognition of same-sex partnerships also enjoys cross-party support in both houses of the Oireachtas.

Methinks Ireland has ceased to be an obedient daughter of the Catholic Church :-).