Iceland OKs gay marriage — uanimously

Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir
Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir

Iceland’s Parliament voted 49-0 to approve same-sex marriage today, according to Reuters.

In 2009, the country became the first in the world to elect an openly gay or lesbian head of state when Johanna Sigurdardottir became the prime minister. Iceland remains the only country with a gay head of state.

Iceland is a small country with a population of 320,000. Houston’s Annise Parker was elected to run a city with more than 2 million people.

The law does allow a religious exception. The Church of Iceland, a protestant denomination, hasn‘t decided whether to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. The law says, “Ministers will always be free to perform marriage ceremonies, but never obliged to.”

Most people in the island-nation belong to the church that has roots in the Scandinavian Lutheran Churches.

This marks the first time same-sex marriage has passed unanimously anywhere.
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Blame the gays … it only makes sense

Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir
Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir

I haven’t read anywhere the real reason for the Iceland volcano that has air traffic across Europe shut down. Most are treating this like a natural event.

But we know better.

On Feb. 1, Johanna Sigurdardottir was named Prime Minister of Iceland, the first openly gay or lesbian leader of a country. She was named interim leader until elections in May.

I’m not sure why Pat Robertson didn’t catch this, but obviously if gays and lesbians caused Hurricane Katrina and September 11, we caused this. And unlike the voodoo nonsense or whatever it was he blamed the Haiti earthquake on, I say we take full credit for that one too.

So if you’re sitting in an airport waiting for a flight or had your vacation plans canceled, blame the gays. We caused the volcano. It’s our fault.

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